Dance: International festival
Put on your dancing shoes or dance in your bare feet. The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley will have its third season of dance workshops, open master classes and performances from Aug. 11-17 in Mountain View. This festival is the only one of its kind west of the Appalachians, organizers say, and it includes lessons and performances in tap, modern/Afro-Haitian, salsa, Manipuri (a classical dance form of India), modern ballet and line dancing.
The festival was founded to offer the general public opportunities to see professional dancers in a variety of dance styles and to participate in professionally led classes. All classes are mixed levels and are open to mid-teens to adults.
Intermediate to advanced dancers will have the opportunity to study technique and learn repertory, and they can perform the works of the artist/teachers in the Aug. 17 festival concert. The concert includes performances by professional dancers.
Classes are $25 each or all six for $84. The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley is a project of the nonprofit Lively Foundation. All classes and events are held at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., Mountain View. For information or to register go to livelyfoundation.org or call 650-969-4110.
Photography: Illuminated landscapes
Vidya Narasimhan's landscape photographs, "Compositions in Light," use light as the most important vehicle to communicate her inner sense of spirituality, she says.
Narasimhan's expressive prints exhibit her landscape photographs across the U.S. and Australia: ethereal seascapes, the red glow of slot canyons and the majesty of deserts and forests. She revisits landscapes until she finds the right light to capture the mood of her surroundings and to convey a sense of awe while witnessing natural spectacles.
The show will be on display through Aug. 23 at Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto -- enter through Printer's Cafe -- on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For information go to galleryhouse2.com or call 650-326-1668.