INTO FORWARD by jianglifang


									Arts & Entertainment
                                                                            f you filled your calendar with the    L O C A L
                                                                            highlights of the Palo Alto area’s     A R T S
                                                                            2011-12 arts season, you’d be          G R O U P S
      INTO                                                               writing (or typing) up a mini-United      S T E P
                                                                         Nations.                                  A H E A D
                                                                           New and notable performers and          I N T O
                                                                         performances will include: an Israeli     T H E N E W
                                                                         hip-hop violinist, a Cuban pianist, a     S E A S O N
                                                                         play about an Iranian family, a dance
                                                                         piece on the Taiwanese-American
                                                                         experience, visual art inspired by a
                                                                         French sculptor and the brand-new
                                                                         Palo Alto International Film Festival.
                                                                           In the Weekly’s annual fall arts pre-
                                                                         view, we visit some of the top des-
                                                                         tinations of the A&E season. Happy
    BY                                                                   travels.
              Anna Finke

                              Trumpeter Etienne Charles is a fitting
                           choice to grace the Weekly cover this
                           week. Not only is he quite photogenic
                           (hello, impish smile), he epitomizes the
                           musical offerings at Stanford Lively Arts
                           this season.
                              Many campus concerts in 2011-12 will
                           showcase the sounds of the islands, in-       Clockwise from far                               On the cover:
                           cluding the Etienne Charles Quintet on        left: Hugo Robus’                                Etienne Charles will perform at
                           April 4. Island accents including calypso     1925 bronze sculpture                            Stanford University and at the
                                                                         “Blackbottom” is in                              Community School of Music
                           are sure to be prominent when this acous-                                                      and Arts in April. Photo by
                           tic group — featuring Charles, who hails      a Cantor Arts Center
                                                                         show of artists                                  Laura Ferreira.
                           from Trinidad — plays.                        influenced by Rodin;
                              Other performers with an island flavor     Andrea Weber of the
                           will include the Cuban pianist Chucho         Merce Cunningham
                           Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers            Dance Company;
                           on Feb. 19; Hawaiian slack-key guitarist      cast members from
                           Keola Beamer and singer Raiatea Helm          the 1970s-flavored
                           on May 6; and trombonist Josh Roseman,        Lanford Wilson play
                           who celebrates his Jamaican roots in a        “Fifth of July” at The
                           concert with his sextet on Nov. 12.           Pear Avenue Theatre;
                                                                         Ethiopian art on display
                              The Lively Arts season also includes       at the Oshman Family
                           ample offerings of string quartets; a help-   Jewish Community
                           ing of Gershwin with the pianist Kevin        Center; West African
                           Cole and tenor Ryan Vandenboom on             singer Angélique Kidjo.
                           Dec. 3; and, on Oct. 26, beats galore from
                           the chipper four musicians of So Percus-
                           sion. Ticket prices vary, and concerts are
                           held in various venues at Stanford Uni-
                           versity. Call 650-725-ARTS or go to live-
                              Some Lively Arts performers also give
                           short free concerts at the Community
                           School of Music and Arts at 230 San An-
                           tonio Circle in Mountain View; the Eti-
                           enne Charles Quintet will do so on April
                           3. More info is at
                              In other music news, the composer and
                           Palo Alto native Deborah Lurie has more
                           notes to share with the Peninsula.
                              Once a student at Gunn High School,
                           she’s now often known for her film scores
                                                                                                                                                            Nabil Elderkin

                           (“Dear John,” “Justin Bieber: Never Say
                           Never,” the upcoming “Footloose” re-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Janette Beckman
Singer Raiatea Helm and Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Keola Beamer
will bring island flavor to Stanford University on May 6.
                                           Family Jewish Community Center on
Fall arts preview                          Oct. 22 to see Miri Ben-Ari, billed        The sprightly men of So Percussion perform a tribute to the late composer John Cage at Stanford University
                                                                                      on Oct. 26.
(continued from previous page)             as “the hip-hop violinist.” The Is-
                                           raeli musician is classically trained                                                                                          tings from varied nations and times,
make) and string arrangements for                                                                                                                                         to be sung in March in Palo Alto. bay
                                           but now mixes R&B, jazz and other
popular music (Kelly Clarkson’s “All I                                                                                                                          
                                           flavors into her sound, and has col-
Ever Wanted,” 3 Doors Down’s “Time
                                           laborated with Kanye West, Jay-Z and
of My Life”). Now she’s writing a                                                                                                                                            California Bach Society
                                           Alicia Keys.
string quartet that is scheduled to be                                                                                                                                       The Palo Alto chamber choir opens
                                              Her concert is set for 8:30 p.m. at
premiered next spring by Palo Alto’s                                                                                                                                      its season with Bach’s “Magnificat” in
                                           3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto. Tickets
Ives Quartet.                                                                                                                                                             D major for orchestra, choir and vo-
                                           are $50 general, $40 for JCC members
   The new work will share the bill                                                                                                                                       cal soloists on Oct. 15 at St. Mark’s
                                           and $75 for a VIP ticket that includes a
with pieces by Mozart and Debussy                                                                                                                                         Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave.,
                                           reception with the artist. Go to paloal-
in a 3 p.m. concert on April 29 at the                                                                                                                                    Palo Alto. 415-262-0272,
                                  or call 650-223-8692.
First Congregational Church, 1985
                                              Other musicians scheduled to per-
Louis Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are                                                                                                                                          Chamber Music San Francisco
                                           form at the JCC this season include
$15 general and $10 for students and                                                                                                                                        The group brings concerts to the
seniors. Call 650-224-7849 or go to        the Klezmasters on Oct. 6 and singer
                                           Chava Alberstein on Dec. 11.                                                                                                   Oshman Family Jewish Community                                                                                                                                                          Center at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo
   For strings of a different sort, con-      Over at St. Mark’s Episcopal
                                           Church, up-and-coming teen Palo                                                                                                Alto. The season begins with the To-
cert patrons can head to the Oshman                                                                                                                                       kyo String Quartet on Feb. 13. 415-
                                                                                      Clarinetist David Shifrin and horn player Radovan Vlatkovic will
                                                                                      perform with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Music@                    Fortnightly Music Club
                                                                                      Menlo on Feb. 12.                                                                     The club starts its season of free
                                                                                      Alto pianist Hilda Huang will be mak-      El Camino Youth Symphony (ecys.          concerts Oct. 9 with a program in-
                                                                                      ing her debut with the San Francisco       org), the Palo Alto Chamber Orches-      cluding “Latin-American Dances”
                                                                                      Chamber Orchestra on Nov. 19. The          tra ( and the Ragazzi      for piano (four hands) by the contem-
                                                                                      young Bach fan, who has also played        Boys Chorus (               porary composer Sondra Clark. At
                                                                                      at Carnegie Hall and the Carmel Bach                                                the Lucie Stern Community Center,
                                                                                      Festival, will solo in Haydn’s Piano        Other highlights of the upcoming        1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
                                                                                      Concerto in D Major at the free 8          music season include:          
                                                                                      p.m. concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal         The Aurora Singers
                                                                                      Church at 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo          Peter Yarrow’s “Light One Candle”        Magnificat
                                                                                      Alto. Details about this concert and       keeps company with Saint-Saëns’            This season, the San Francisco cho-
                                                                                      the orchestra’s season are at sfcham-      “Ave Maria” on the singers’ quirky       ral and instrumental group focuses on
                                                                                                      holiday program, set for Dec. 17 at      four 17th-century composers: Marc-
                                                                                         The area is full of sharp young mu-     the Unitarian Universalist Church of     Antoine Charpentier, Iacomo Caris-
                                                                                      sicians who just might be headed for       Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road.       simi, Heinrich Schütz and Claudio
                                                                                      Carnegie Hall someday as well. They                        Monteverdi. Several concerts are in
                                                                                      often perform during the school year                                                Palo Alto; details at 415-265-2948,
                                                                                      with groups including the California         Bay Choral Guild             
                                                                                      Youth Symphony (, the Canta-         Programs this year include “Psalms
                                                                                      bile Youth Singers (, the    of David,” a selection of psalm set-        Music@Menlo
                                                                                                                                                                             The summer chamber-musical fes-

                                                                                                                                                                          tival also now has a “Winter Series,”
                                                                                                                                                                          which starts this season on Oct. 2 with
                                                                                                                                                                          the pianist Inon Barnatan. Concerts
                                                                                                                                                                          are at the Center for Performing Arts

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Watercolor paintings by Nancy Calhoun are on display at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos through Oct. 1.
the April 14 concert at Spangenberg      Center.              champions contemporary music,
Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo                                                comes to campus to perform works by
Alto.                            San Francisco Early Music              Stanford student composers on Oct.
                                         Society                                   19 and 20. Department concerts are
  Peninsula Women’s Chorus                  An Oct. 21 concert featuring En-       in various venues on campus. music.
  A premiere piece by Ted Hearne,        semble Caprice looks at Gypsies’ mu-
commissioned to mark the chorus’         sical influence on composers from the
45th anniversary, will bow May 12        16th, 17th and 18th centuries. At First      Twilight Concert Series
at a concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal     Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave.,             The city of Palo Alto hosts free con-
Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.    Palo Alto. 510-528-1725,       certs each summer in parks and other
650-327-2095,                                                         local spots, often with rock, swing and
                                            Schola Cantorum                        R&B. Details will go up next year at
  Philharmonia Baroque                      The season includes a March 11
Orchestra                                program of music by Moses Hogan,
  The Dutch recorder player Marion       known for his arrangements of Af-           World Music Day
Verbruggen will be featured in con-      rican-American spirituals. At First         Organizers are already planning for
certos by Vivaldi and Sammartini at      Congregational Church of Palo Alto,       the fourth annual free outdoor musical
the Nov, 17 concert at the Center for    1985 Louis Road. 650-254-1700,            festival on June 17. Indie-rock, blues,
Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton                        jazz, world-music players and other
High School, 555 Middlefield Road,                                                 musicians perform in downtown Palo
Atherton.           Soli Deo Gloria                        Alto.
                                            “A Tale of Two Requiems” pairs
  Redwood Bluegrass Associates           the early-Baroque “Musikalische             Other local venues for live music
  The Windy Hill band (founded by        Exequien” by Heinrich Schütz with         include:
two Menlo-Atherton High School           “Requiem” by contemporary British
graduates) plays on Oct. 22, with Palo   composer Bob Chilcott on March 10           The CoHo Stanford Coffee
Alto’s Tuttle family and singer AJ       at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer       House
Lee on Nov. 12. Shows are at the First   Ave., Palo Alto. 888-SDG-SONG, sd-          On the calendar: rapper Keith Cross,
Presbyterian Church at 1667 Mira-                                Sept. 21; and the electronic synth/gui-
monte Ave., Mountain View. 650-691-                                                tar/bass/electric violin band Levitate,
9982,                             Stanford Jazz Workshop                  Sept. 30 and Oct. 29. 459 Lagunita #1,
                                           The annual summer festival of con-      Stanford University. 650-721-2262,
  Saint Michael Trio                     certs, workshops and jams will be
  In residence at Menlo College, the     in its 41st season next year. Stanford
three musicians also have concerts       University, 650-736-0324, stanford         Community School of Music and
planned Nov. 18 at Menlo, Jan. 7 at                                  Arts
the Mountain View Center for the                                                    Periodic concerts include a look at
Performing Arts, and March 20 at the       Stanford Music Department               Asian musical heritage with the Fire-
Oshman Family Jewish Community             The youthful JACK Quartet, which                      (continued on next page)

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The three-paneled oil painting “Ice Walls” is among the nature-themed works by Stanford artist Sukey Bryan
soon to be exhibited at the Community School of Music and Arts.
                                          and dance music on Sept. 23. 1029 El      include Georgia O’Keeffe, Gaston
Fall arts preview                         Camino Real, Menlo Park. 650-321-
                                                                                    Lachaise, John Storrs and Edward
(continued from previous page)
                                                                                      Meanwhile, students from Stan-
bird Youth Chinese Orchestra and
                                            Red Rock Coffee                         ford’s Dance Division have analyzed
other performers on Oct. 9. 230 San
                                            San Francisco’s pianist Rabbit          the links between movement and
Antonio Circle, Mountain View. 650-
                                          Quinn brings on the alternative piano     Rodin’s work, and will display their
                                          rock Sept. 17. 201 Castro St., Moun-      gesture drawings. Archival footage of
                                          tain View. 650-967-4473, redrockcof-      Isadora Duncan, Rodin’s main dance
  Dana Street Roasting Company
                                                                   muse, will be shown in the gallery
  Scott Amendola, G.E. Stinson and
                                                                                    with video of students reenacting her
Phillip Greenlief play the café with
grooves, electronics and lots of im-      MUSEUMS AND                               moves. In addition, the students will
prov on Oct. 23. 744 W. Dana St.,         COLLECTIONS                               hold public rehearsals with dance lec-
                                                                                    turer Muriel Maffre and dance artist
                                                                                                                             “Reflections of NYC” is among the paintings by Sue Averell that will be
                                                                                                                             up at Stanford Art Spaces later this fall.
Mountain View. 650-390-9638, dan-           The French sculptor Auguste Rodin
                                          (1840-1917) has long had a prominent      Alonzo King.                               Across town, the Palo Alto Art Cen-         The yearly Day of the Dead celebra-
                                          place at Stanford University’s Cantor       Other exhibitions at the Cantor this   ter at 1313 Newell Road is undergoing      tion events will be at the Lucie Stern
                                          Arts Center, with plenty of gallery       season include a show focusing on        renovations and closed for the season      Community Center, the Palo Alto
   Mountain View Center for the
                                          space and a sculpture garden.             the American photographer Walker         behind a festive mural painted by Palo     Children’s Library and the Palo Alto
Performing Arts
                                            From Oct. 5 through Jan. 1, the         Evans, opening Feb. 1; and “plexi-       Alto artist Judy Gittelsohn and others.    Junior Museum & Zoo on Oct. 30.
   Pianist Tigran Hamasyan and Arat-
                                          Cantor looks at the creator of “The       gram” sculptures with printed words      But the center’s events will continue in      For more about the art center, go to
ta Rebirth play experimental jazz, folk
                                          Thinker” from another angle with two      by the composer John Cage, starting      other area locations. The annual Great
and progressive music on Oct. 2. 500
                                          new exhibitions. “Rodin and America:      June 13.                                 Glass Pumpkin Patch, for example,
Castro St., Mountain View. 650-903-
                                          Influence and Adaptation 1876-1936”         The Cantor Arts Center is at Lomita    will be in Rinconada Park at 777 Em-          Anderson Collection
                                          crosses the Atlantic to spotlight works   Drive and Museum Way at Stanford;        barcadero Road, with an exhibit Sept.         Even though the Anderson Collec-
                                          by American artists who took inspi-       go to or call        27 through 30 and a sale of the glass      tion — a large private Menlo Park as-
  Oak City Bar and Grill
                                          ration from Monsieur Rodin. They          650-723-4177.                            creations on Oct. 1 and 2.                 semblage — is slated to make a major
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                                                                                   Road, Palo Alto. 650-329-2111, cityof-     trait from a live model while thinking                            Country Village, Palo Alto. 650-325-
                                                                                                        aloud and answering questions.                                    9010,
                                                                                                                                 Other artists set for later demos
                                                                                   GALLERIES                                  are plein-air landscape painter Mark                                Mohr Gallery at the Community
                                                                                      Acclaimed Menlo Park photogra-          Monsarrat, on Oct. 29; and portrait                               School of Music and Arts
                                                                                   pher Mark Tuschman, who often fo-          painter Marsha Heimbecker, on Nov.                                  Sukey Bryan paints the natural
                                                                                   cuses his lens on health care and other    17. The gallery is at 75 Arbor Road,                              world, but not your typical land-
                                                                                   global issues, has a new solo exhibi-      open Monday through Saturday from                                 scapes. Her dynamic scenes depict
                                                                                   tion opening Nov. 1 at the Oshman          10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to portolaartgal-                            wildfires, rainstorms and volcanoes.
                                                                                   Family Jewish Community Center in or call 650-321-0220.                                    A new exhibition of her paintings runs
                                                                                   Palo Alto.                                                                                                   Oct. 14-Nov. 27 at CSMA, 230 San
                                                                                      Titled “The Israeli Project: Faces        Bryant Street Gallery                                           Antonio Circle, Mountain View. 650-
                                                                                   and Stories of the Middle East,” the         Abstract painter Teresa Stanley                                 917-6800,
                                                                                   show depicts the land’s diverse history    shows her colorful, patterned acrylic
                                                                                   and population through its people’s        works on wood panels through the                                    Mountain View Center for the
                                                                                   faces. About half of the Jews who          end of September. 532 Bryant St., Palo                            Performing Arts
                                                                                   came to Israel during its formation ar-    Alto. 650-321-8155,                                The lobby is also a gallery; up-
                                                                                   rived from other areas in the Middle                                                                         coming art includes abstract acrylic
                                                                                   East, while the others came from all         Gallery 9                                                       paintings by Harriet Helfright, Oct.
A portrait of Miriam and Saed Achwall in “The Israeli Project,” a photo            over the world, according to an ex-          Artist Joyce Savre Hutt has com-                                18-Dec. 12. 500 Castro St., Mountain
show by Mark Tuschman.                                                             hibit press release. The show will be      bined handwritten poetry with paint                               View. 650-903-6000,
                                                                                   in the Freidenrich Conference Center       to create the works on canvas in
art donation to Stanford University in     railroad enthusiasts bring in train-                                               “Translation: Language As Image.”                                   Pacific Art League
                                                                                   through Feb. 2, with a free reception
2014, there’s still plenty to see at the   track layouts and models, and there                                                The exhibition will be up Sept. 27-                                 Shows this season in the league’s
                                                                                   set for Nov. 3 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Anderson, and free public tours on         are train-themed activities for young                                              Oct. 22. 143 Main St., Los Altos. 650-                            galleries will include: landscapes,
                                                                                      Other visual art planned at the
the third Thursday of most months.         children. 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los                                              941-7969,                                    seascapes and cityscapes in Novem-
                                                                                   JCC includes aerial photographs of
Reservations are required; call 650-       Altos. 650-948-9427, losaltoshistory.                                                                                                                ber; small works in December; and
                                                                                   the striking — but drying — Dead
854-5160 or email ksaracino@aacol-         org                                                                                  Gallery House                                                   cartoons and illustrations in January.
                                                                                   Sea, by Ofir Ben Tov, on display now                                                                                                                    “Fashion and Fusion” is the theme                               668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. 650-321-
                                                                                   through Oct. 28; and embroidered
                                             Museum of American Heritage                                                      of the next exhibition (Sept. 20-Oct.                             3891,
                                                                                   tapestries by Ethiopian Israeli women,
  Computer History Museum                    The exhibition “A Child’s World:                                                 15), with oil paintings by Wendy
                                                                                   on display now through Dec. 15. The
  A talk on the technology of ani-         Antique Toys, 1870-1930” opens                                                     Fitzgerald, acrylic paintings by Sydell                             Stanford Art Spaces
                                                                                   JCC is at 3921 Fabian Way. To sched-
mation will be part of the museum’s        Dec. 9, along with the annual holiday                                              Lewis and ceramic works by Kiyoco                                   That sassy subject San Francisco is
                                                                                   ule a viewing of an exhibition, call
speaker series on Nov. 8, with Jef-        LEGO show. 351 Homer Ave., Palo                                                    Michot. 320 S. California Ave., Palo                              a favorite muse for urban-landscape
                                                                                   650-223-8669 or email boxoffice@
frey Katzenberg and Ed Leonard of          Alto. 650-321-1004,                                                       Alto. 650-326-1668, galleryhouse2.                                painter Marianne Bland. Her works
DreamWorks Animation speaking.                                                                                                com                                                               are up Sept. 30-Dec. 1 with the blar-
                                                                                      In Menlo Park, the Portola Art Gal-
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain            Palo Alto Junior Museum and                                                                                                                        ing colors of painter Carmen Barefield
                                                                                   lery commences a new program this
View. 650-810-1010, computerhis-           Zoo                                                                                  Lyons Ltd. Antique Prints                                       and the thickly painted cityscapes of
                                                                                   fall: free monthly painting demonstra-                                     Kids have been getting up close and                                                The fall show “Wine, Women &                                    Sue Averell. Paul G. Allen Building,
                                                                                   tions at the gallery in the Allied Arts
                                           personal with creepy-crawlies live                                                 Song” explores these three elements                               Stanford. 650-725-3622, cis.stanford.
                                                                                   Guild. Oil painter Decker Walker
  Los Altos History Museum                 and preserved in the newest exhibit,                                               through etchings, lithographs and                                 edu/~marigros
                                                                                   starts the series from 10 a.m. to noon
  At “Train Days” this weekend, Sept.      “Buzzzz.” The zoo is also planning a                                               engravings. Artists include Picasso,
                                                                                   this Saturday, Sept. 17, painting a por-                                                                                            (continued on next page)
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                                             be part of the Pear’s 10th-anniversary                        Oct. 1), “Almost, Maine,” “Doubt: A
Fall arts preview                            season, which opens Sept. 16 with                             Parable,” “The Government Inspec-
(continued from previous page)               the Lanford Wilson play “The Fifth                            tor,” “The Clean House.” 97 Hillview
   Thomas Welton Stanford Art                of July.”                                                     Ave., Los Altos. 650-941-0551, bus-
Gallery                                         Other plays at the Pear this season              
   Kevin Bean, who lectures at Stan-         are: “Mauritius,” “A Moon for the
ford University in painting and draw-        Misbegotten,” “Bach at Leipzig,”                                Dragon Productions
ing, is showing his work in an exhibi-       “Pear Slices 2012” and “Mrs. War-                               “Sister Cities,” “Stones In His
tion called “Journey to the Edges of         ren’s Profession.” Shows are at 1220                          Pockets,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Cat’s
Color,” Oct. 11-Nov. 20. 419 Lasuen          Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.                             Paw,” “Wonderful World.” 535 Alma
Mall, Stanford. 650-723-2842. art.           Tickets are $15-$30. Call 650-254-                            St., Palo Alto. 650-493-2006, drag-                                 1148 or go to                          
                                                Another world premiere, “Clemen-
   Viewpoints Gallery                        tine in the Lower 9,” opens at The-                              Foothill College Theatre Arts
   Shows coming up at this gallery           atreWorks next month, with previews                           Department/Foothill Music
include: watercolors by Nancy Cal-           Oct. 5 through Oct. 7 and opening                             Theatre
houn, now through the end of Sep-            night on Oct. 8. The Dan Dietz play                              “The Laramie Project, Parts I and
tember; bicycle-themed paintings by          is set in post-Katrina New Orleans,                           II,” “All Shook Up,” an evening of
Terri Hill in October; and bird paint-       with an onstage jazz band chiming in                          one-acts, “The Knight of the Burning
ings by biological illustrator Floy Zit-     to help tell the tale of a musician and                       Pestle.” 12345 El Monte Road, Los

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mark Kitaoka
tin. 315 State St., Los Altos. 650-941-      his wife. Music is by Justin Ellington.                       Altos Hills. 650-949-7360, foothill.
5789,                  The show runs through Oct. 30.                                edu/theatre
                                                Also brand-new is the musi-
                                             cal “Wheelhouse,” the latest show                               Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
THEATER                                      presented by the pop-rock trio                                  Mainstage season: “Pinocchio,”       Laiona Michelle and Jack Koenig in TheatreWorks’ production of
   Menlo Park playwright Margy               GrooveLily at TheatreWorks. The                               “Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman
Kahn has been working with Pear                                                                                                                   “Clementine in the Lower 9.”
                                             show opens in June and centers on a                           Smells,” “Go, Dog. Go!”, “Snow         Performing Arts: “Cats,” “Cinderel-     opportunity to see Cunningham’s
Avenue Theatre artistic director Di-         traveling rock band.                                          White and the Seven Dwarfs,”
ane Tasca for years to develop her                                                                                                                la,” “Joseph and the Amazing Tech-      choreography performed by the com-
                                                Other shows at TheatreWorks this                           “Pinkalicious.” 1305 Middlefield       nicolor Dreamcoat,” “A Year With        pany he personally trained,” as the
new play “Familiar Strangers.” Next          season are: “Sense and Sensibility”                           Road, Palo Alto. 650-463-4930, cit-
March, the script is scheduled for its                                                                                                            Frog and Toad,” “Hairspray.” 500        company’s website puts it. The last
                                             (through Sept. 25), “The Secret Gar-                                        Castro St., Mountain View. Company      Bay Area stop on the tour is at Stan-
first curtain call.                          den,” “The Pitmen Painters,” “Now
   The play follows an Iranian family                                                                                                             contact: 650-988-8798,       ford University’s Memorial Audito-
                                             Circa Then” and “Of Mice and Men.”                              Palo Alto Players                                                            rium, presented by Stanford Lively
living in Los Angeles, dealing with          Tickets are typically $29-$49, with                             “Nunsense With A Twist,” “Pa-
culture wars and a timeless genera-          performances at the Lucie Stern The-                          rade,” “Aftermath,” “Give ‘Em Hell,    DANCE AND OPERA                         Arts.
tion gap: mother versus American-                                                                                                                   On Nov. 1, the Merce Cunningham          The 8 p.m. program will feature
                                             atre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo                             Harry,” “Annie,” “The Lieutenant of                                            a restaged version of Cunningham’s
ized teen daughter. It’s set during          Alto; or at the Mountain View Center                          Inishmore.” 1305 Middlefield Road,     Dance Company bids farewell both to
the spring festival of Nowruz (“New                                                                                                               the Bay Area and to its late founder,   final work, “Nearly 902.” Tickets are
                                             for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro                           Palo Alto. 650-329-0891, paplayers.                                            $30-$85 general; go to livelyarts.
Day”), the Iranian New Year.                 St., Mountain View. Call 650-463-                             org                                    who was a major figure in the Ameri-
   The new work is set to be per-                                                                                                                 can avant-garde for decades.   or call 650-725-ARTS.
                                             1960 or go to                                                                                                                 Also on the Lively Arts docket
formed March 2 through March 18,                                                                              Peninsula Youth Theatre               Cunningham died at 90 in 2009,
co-directed by Tasca and Weekly                                                                                                                   and his company is now on a “Leg-       this season is the acrobatic, gymnas-
                                                Bus Barn Stage Company                                        CenterStage Musicals performed                                              tic Diavolo Dance Theatre, whose
theater critic Jeanie K. Smith. It will         “Shout! The Mod Musical (through                           at the Mountain View Center for the    acy Tour” to give audiences “a final

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                         Arts & Entertainment
                                                                                         11         Workshop Series by Harrell Remodeling
members perform on giant cubes            and animated movies shown. All will
and other props. Shows are planned
for Jan. 28. Then, on May 3, David
Zambrano’s Soul Project will give a
                                          showcase innovation and technology,
                                          whether in the film’s subject matter or
                                          in the way it was made.
                                                                                     Planning a Whole
soul music-set dance performance at
the Cantor Arts Center.
                                             Most events will be at the Palo
                                          Alto Square movie theater at 3000 El       House Remodel
   Elsewhere in the dance world, “Zero    Camino Real, the Aquarius Theatre          For homeowners interested in learning more
Hour,” a modern, hip-hop work about       at 430 Emerson St., or Talenthouse at      about how to approach a remodeling project,
a Taiwanese immigrant reflecting on       542 High St. Event prices vary. For
her life and her son’s future, comes      details, go to                  these interactive workshops promise to be
to the Mountain View Center for the          Other festivals likely to bring         informative and fun. Upfront planning will
Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. at      screenings back to Palo Alto this year     ensure a successful project!
7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and at 2:30 and     include the Silicon Valley Jewish Film
7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24.                    Festival and the San Francisco Jew-        n Get the answers you need about design and
   The work is presented by Dancers       ish Film Festival. Info is not up yet at     space planning. Learn a few design secrets
Group and Philein/ZiRu Productions and, but will likely     about creating a home that fits your lifestyle,
— which focuses on issues of the          be soon.
                                                                                       today and every day.
“Chinese-American diaspora” — and            In the world of books, Kepler’s
will also feature visual art and per-     Books has started charging for its         n Gain some color courage and learn how your        We never forget it’s your home.®
cussion. Admission is $15-$25; go to      popular author talks, but the events         home’s paint palette can transform even the                      continue on. (Listeners who aren’t
                                                                                       smallest spaces inspire and energize, soothe
   In opera this season, French grand     bookstore members must buy the
opera meets the Bible in a tale of a      event book or a $10 gift card to admit       and calm, or simply transform the ordinary
most unfortunate haircut. West Bay        two.)                                        into extraordinary.
Opera kicks off its 56th season on           The array of authors scheduled soon
Oct. 14 with Camille Saint-Saëns’         includes: Eric Schmitt (“Counter-          n Get excited about your home remodel as our
“Samson et Dalila.” Company direc-        strike: The Untold Story of America’s        designers take you through a journey of ideas,
tor José Luis Moscovich takes the         Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda”)           photos, materials and product options available
baton, with Ragnar Conde the stage        on Sept. 18; youth authors Jacqueline
                                                                                       to transform your home today!
director of this production, which        Preiss Weitzman (“Superhero Joe”)
runs through Oct. 23, in French with      and Robin Preiss Glasser (“Fancy
English titles.                           Nancy”) on Sept. 19; and Patricia J.        Saturday, September 24
   Later in the season, West Bay Op-      Machmiller (“Autumn Loneliness:
era will present Mozart’s “Don Gio-       The Letters of Kiyoshi and Kiyoko           Registration and light breakfast
vanni,” Feb. 17 through Feb. 26. The      Tokutomi”) on Sept. 20.                     at 9:15 am
last production will be Verdi’s “Aida,”      Kepler’s is at 1010 El Camino Real       Workshop 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
May 25 through June 3. Tickets are        in Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321 or                                                                                                   Harrell Remodeling Design Center
$40-$70.                                  go to                          Harrell Remodeling Design Center                                                                   1954 Old Middlefield Way
   The company also offers free piano        Other area bookstores that regu-                                                                                                                       Mountain View
previews of its operas, on Oct. 6, Feb.   larly host author talks include Books       Call us or go online to register today.
                                                                                                                                              License: B479799                                       (650) 230-2900
9 and May 17. Performances are at the     Inc. at 74 Town & Country Village,          We will see you there!                                  Our Design Center is 85% solar powered.
Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middle-         Palo Alto (650-321-0600) and at 301
field Road, Palo Alto. 650-424-9999,      Castro St., Mountain View (650-428-                               1234, Debra Samu-
                                          els speaks in Palo Alto at 7 p.m. on
  Mountain View Center for the            Sept. 23 about “My Japanese Table:
Performing Arts                           A Lifetime of Cooking with Friends
  Other dance troupes set for the CPA     and Family.”
stage this season include: San Fran-
cisco’s Smuin Ballet, in December,          Book Arts Jam
February and May; Theatre Flamenco          The annual Book Arts Jam, sched-
of San Francisco, in November; and        uled this year for Oct. 15, shows
various ballet companies doing “The       off the myriad of typefaces, papers,
Nutcracker” and other winter-themed       shapes, sizes, colors and visions that
pieces. 500 Castro St., Mountain          go into creating art books. Foothill
View. 650-903-6000,             College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los
                                          Altos Hills.
  San Francisco Opera Guild,
Peninsula chapter                           French Film Club of Palo Alto
  Scholars of opera give preview            Upcoming films include the Jean-
lectures for San Francisco Opera pro-     Paul Belmondo classic “Breathless,”
ductions. Talks on “Lucrezia Borgia”      to be shown at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27.
and “Don Giovanni” are coming up          Movies always have English subtitles
on Sept. 20 and Oct. 11, respectively.    and come with refreshments and
At First Presbyterian Church of Palo      discussion. At All Saints’ Episcopal
Alto, 1140 Cowper St.        Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
                                                                                     Home Care Assistance lets you choose the care you need, live-in or
   Stanford Savoyards                        Silicon Valley African Film
   This student-run company has an        Festival                                   hourly, when you call for your FREE assessment.
abiding fondness for Gilbert and Sul-        The history of music in Tanzania,
livan. A new production of “The Pi-       and a Ghana fishing village that pro-      The top Bay Area home care choice since 2002, and the references to prove it. We provide
rates of Penzance” opens in January       duces professional boxers are among        caring, committed caregivers to work with your family—any time of the day or night—
at Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel      the subjects in this festival of feature   whether on a moment’s notice or planned in advance. Plus our caregivers are:
Auditorium.        films, shorts and animation. Oct. 14-
voyards                                   16 at the Community School of Mu-          ● Double screened. First, with criminal background checks and second with psychological
                                          sic and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle,        testing for honesty and trustworthiness.
BOOKS AND FILM                            Mountain View.
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   A free outdoor screening of “Life      the theme of the 14th annual festival,
In A Day” on Ramona Street in down-       which explores contemporary, inspir-
town Palo Alto (between Everett and       ing and tough issues and stories from
Hawthorne avenues) at 8 p.m. on Sept.     a myriad of countries. Oct. 21-30,
29 kicks off the four-day gathering       with screenings in Palo Alto, East
of screenings, talks, panel discus-       Palo Alto and San Francisco, and at
sions and workshops. There will be        Stanford University. 650-724-5544,
feature films, shorts, documentaries

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Eating Out                                                                               RESTAURANT REVIEW

                                                                                                                        Refined and relaxed
                                                                                                              New menu, chef and casual ambiance bring freshness
                                                                                                                            to Palo Alto’s Mantra
                                                                                                                                       by Dale F.   Bentson

                                                                                                                    he Indian subcontinent has      ommend.
                                                                                                                    always met California cui-        Mantra is the brainchild of
                                                                                                                    sine at Mantra, the five-       Ashwani Dhawan, who also owns
                                                                                                              year-old restaurant on Emerson        SliderBarCafe on University Av-
                                                                                                              Street in Palo Alto. The original     enue. The chef and menu aren’t
                                                                                                              tilt had been towards India. Re-      the only changes at his Mantra.
                                                                                                              cently, the axis has shifted more     Gone is the partition that sepa-
                                                                                                              towards California, with accents      rated the dining room and lounge;
                                                                                                              and overtones of India.               gone are the tablecloths and for-
                                                                                                                 A small plate/large plate menu     mality of ambiance. It’s decid-
                                                                                                              debuted in March along with new       edly more casual now, but still
                                                                                                              executive chef Shachi Mehra, an       aesthetically appealing, open and
                                                                                                              experienced professional with an      spacious, with bare wood-topped
                                                                                                              accomplished résumé. There are        tables, and more affordable and
                                                                                                              two dozen tapas-styled small-         approachable.
                                                                                                              plate offerings and more than           The small-plates part of the
Heather Lee

                                                                                                              a dozen entrées that can be or-       menu offers an array of options.
                                                                                                              dered as full or half orders. Ev-     Steamed mussels masala ($8.95)
                                                                                                              ery dish I tried was appealing:       was a near-overflowing bowl of
                                                                                                              some more exciting than others,
              The fusion-eatery Mantra has new life as a more casual but still very appealing space.                                                            (continued on next page)
                                                                                                             but there was nothing I can’t rec-

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                                                                                                                        It is in this spirit that we will continue sharing
                                                                                                                             our classic recipes with you each week.

                                                                                                              “Summer in Sorrento” Salad
                                                                                                                       Cocomero con fichi e rucola
                                                                                                                      Ingredients:      Ripe watermelon
                                                                                                                                        Feta cheese (full block in brine)
                                                                                                                                        Fresh Arugula
                                                                                                                                        Fresh figs
                                                                                                                                        Sicilian olives

                                                                                                                Slice watermelon into a 5”L x 3”W x 1” H rectangle. Cut a
                                                                                                                4” x 2” piece of feta cheese into 1” square pieces and place
                                                                                                                evenly over watermelon slice. Top with a large pinch of arugula
                  1390 Pear Ave., Mountain View              Hours:                                             and ½ sliced whole fig. pour ribbons of Vidalia onion dressing
                  (650) 254-1120                             9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday           over salad. Place 4 Sicilian olives around the plate and lightly
                            9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday          drizzle olives with extra virgin olive oil to finish dish.
                                                             9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Eating Out
            Can higher consciousness be measured?
                                                                                                                                                           (continued from previous page)            mushrooms, spinach and cumin.
                                                                                                                                                           black bivalves blanketed in a thick       Paneer is a fresh-made, non-
                                                                                                                                                           sauce of tamarind, fennel and             melting curd cheese made without
                                                                                                                                                           coconut. The masala, a blend of           rennet, the coagulating agent. The
                                                                                                                                                           spices, gave the dish a delicious         serving was generous and the fla-
                                                                                                                                                           piquancy.                                 vors intriguing. Cumin added an
                                                                                                                                                             I thought the crispy greens             unexpected punch.
                                                                                                                                                           ($4.95) terrific. Arugula and spin-         Mantra has relaxed its beverage
                                                                                                                                                           ach leaves had been lightly bat-          menus as well. Cocktails and beer
                                                                                                                                                           tered, deep-fried and piled high          are available by the carafe and
                                                                                                                                                           on a small platter. The batter was        pitcher. The wine menu retains its
                                                                                                                                                           a tad thicker than a tempura bat-         strength with more than two dozen
                                                                                                                                                           ter and suited the leaves perfectly.      selections available by the glass.
     At ITP we are asking the important questions. Join us and earn your degree.                                                                           The dish came with a tasty tama-          Full bottles are dominated by
                                                                                                                                                           rind chutney.                             California and French selections.
                                                                                                                                                             The Chat Chat fried popovers            Since my last review in 2006, the
                              Ps y. D. | Ph . D. | M. A . | C er tif i cate                                                                                ($4.95) were golf ball-sized and          composition of the list has been re-
                                                                                                                                                           stuffed with potato and chickpeas         vised in favor of more affordable,
                           Onl ine and On Ca mpus Learning                                                                                                                                           less prestigious, yet very drinkable
                                                                                                                                                           and topped with tamarind and mint
                  Spi r itually-or i ent ed Cl i n ical Ps ychology                                                                                        chutneys. Dhawan told me this is          labels.
             Tr ansper sonal Ps ychology             Counsel i n g (M F T )                                                                                considered street food in India.            For dessert, the house-made
                                                                                                                                                             The day-boat scallops ($11.95)          kulfi ($2.49) was a generous silky
             Wo men ’s Spi r i t uali t y    Educat ion and R e se arch                                                                                                                              scoop of Indian ice cream flavored
                                                                                                                                                           had been perfectly seared and
          Coach i ng      Spi r i t ual Gui dan ce    Cr e at ive E x pr e ssion                                                                           retained their meaty juiciness.           with cardamom over marinated
                                                                                                                                                           The scallops were set on a tangy          cherries and blackberries.
                                                                                                                                                           sauce of pink peppercorns, fen-             The trio of custards ($5.95) in-
                                                  Gr aduat e Educat ion at t h e Front i er                                                                nel, cauliflower purée and caviar.        cluded a tea-infused chocolate
                                                     of Psychology and Spi r itualit y                                                                     The mollusks nearly melted on the         brulee that was surprisingly astrin-
                                                                                                                                                           tongue.                                   gent, a lush lick-the-spoon pot de
                                                                                                                                                             The lamb lollipops ($9.95) were         crème, and a lip-smacking coconut
                                                                                                                                                           fun to eat and the heartiest of the       caramel. A grand conclusion to a
                                                                                                                                                           small-plate offerings. Ground lamb        flavor-packed meal.
                                                                                                                                                           was rolled into balls and rubbed            The lunch buffet ($10.95) offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                     a myriad of curries, meats, fish,
                                                            MEYER        has been providing the Peninsula with home, kitchen & bath design                 with green chilies. The sticks of
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                                                                                                                                                             Large plates are offered in two         in hopes of creating a spiritual
                                                            appliances, cabinets and countertops, and a full parts and service department.                                                           change. Mantra the restaurant has
                                                                                                                                                           sizes, full or as half orders. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                     certainly transformed itself.
            APPLIANCES | HOME | KITCHEN | BATH | DESIGN                                                                                                    half orders are larger than small
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                                                                                                                                                           ing. With full orders there is plenty     ined and breathed a new and excit-
                                                                                                                                                           to share; half orders you might           ing life into his fusion eatery. It’s
                                                                                                                                                           want to keep for yourself.                casual, reasonably priced fare with
                                                                                                                                                             The methi pork chops ($11.95            an executive chef who knows how
                                                                                                                                                           half, $19.95 full) were marinated         to deliver.
                                                                                                                                                           Porterhouse (center-cut) chops. A
                                                                                                                                                           good portion of dill potatoes ac-
                                                                                                                                                           companied. Garlic and fenugreek             Mantra
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                                                                                                                                                           chops were juicy, fork-tender and
                                                                                                                                                           spicy but not pungent enough to
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hours: Lunch: Tue.-Fri. 11:30
                                                                                                                                                           detract from the tasty meat. Fenu-
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                                                                                                                                                           greek is a savory, slightly bitter
                                                                                                                                                                                                       5-10 p.m.; Thu.-Sat. 5-11 p.m.
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           APPLIANCES BRANDS WE SELL:                      MEYER APPLIANCES
                                                           We have one of the largest displays of built in and professional appliances. We sell and
                                                           service Bosch, Sub Zero & Wolf, Thermador, Viking, Ge and more! Certified Installation —
                                                           Our own installers are certified by Miele and Viking extending your warranty!
                                                           HOME-KITCHEN-BATH DESIGN & REMODELING
                                                           We provide proffesional kitchen and bath design, cabinets, countertops, installation, and
                                                           more! — We staff architects, designers and licensed contractors to handle any
                                                           project. Designing for your life style is our passion!
                                                           PARTS & SERVICE
                                                           We have our own service department! Our techs are factory authorized to repair all major
                                                           brands! We have one of the largest stocked parts department in the bay area! From
                                                           water filters, heating elements, compactor bags, and dishwasher salt; we have it all!

                   BAYSHORE 101

              CENTRAL EXPRESSWY                                     MEYER FOR THE HOME                             TRUSTED SINCE 1946
                                                                    BUILDERS | HOME-KITCHEN-BATH DESIGN | APPLIANCE | PARTS & SERVICE
                                  CASTRO STREET

                                                                   278 CASTRO STREET, MOUNTAIN VIEW CA 94041
              278 CASTRO
               MT. VIEW
                 EL CAMINO REAL                                                 1.8OO.54O.8318

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             Douce France                         BEST NEW RESTAURANT                 BEST NEW SERVICE BUSINESS
 #104 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto                Go Go Gyro                            Uforia Studios
                                                 4546 El Camino Real, Los Altos           819 Ramona St., Palo Alto
             BEST ICE CREAM
                Hall of Fame                      BEST OUTDOOR DINING;                            BEST GYM
 Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream                       BEST SOLO DINING                     Oshman Family JCC
   3946 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto                      Hall of Fame                     3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
                                                      Café Borrone
               BEST YOGURT                      1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park             BEST HAIR SALON;                  BEST BOUTIQUE; BEST GIFT SHOP;
                  Fraiche                                                                  BEST MEN’S HAIRCUT                       BEST JEWELRY STORE
       644 Emerson St., Palo Alto                    BEST SPORTS BAR                      Hair International                           Shady Lane
                                                       The Old Pro                 #232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto      441 University Ave., Palo Alto
       BEST BAR/LOUNGE;                            541 Ramona St., Palo Alto
  BEST LATIN AMERICAN CUISINE                                                                    BEST HOTEL                            BEST EYEWEAR
   La Bodeguita del Medio                                BEST STEAK                      Garden Court Hotel
                                                         Hall of Fame
                                                                                                                                       Lux Eyewear
     463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto                                                     520 Cowper St., Palo Alto             1805 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
                                              Sundance the Steakhouse
   BEST CALIFORNIA CUISINE;                      1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto                BEST MASSAGE                     BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN CUISINE                                                         Massage Therapy Center
                                                      BEST AUTO CARE
Calafia Café & Market A Go Go                                                           368 S. California Ave., Palo Alto          P.O. Box 50458, Palo Alto
 #130 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto            Larry’s Autoworks
                                                2526 Leghorn St., Mountain View                BEST PLUMBER
    BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT                                                              Palo Alto Plumbing
               Chef Chu’s                               BEST DENTIST
                                                                                            Heating & Air
  1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos           Palo Alto Dental Group              716 San Antonio Road, Unit F, Palo Alto
                                                    511 Byron St., Palo Alto
         BEST NEW FOOD/                                                                      BEST SHOE REPAIR
       DRINK ESTABLISHMENT                              DRY CLEANER
                                                                                        Midtown Shoe Repair
    Monique’s Chocolates                              AJ’s Cleaners                    2796 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
           539 Bryant St., Palo Alto            3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
                                                                                              BEST SKIN CARE
                         For a full list of the 2011 Best Of Palo Alto winners,                 SkinSpirit
                                  go to                        701 Emerson St., Palo Alto

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