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'Happy Days' are here again

A Beckett play about a woman buried up to her waist in a mound of earth may not be your cup of Orangina. But the

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Nov. 13, 2013
Last comment by Rebecca Wallace, on Nov 15, 2013 at 9:49 am |
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Ad Libs: A whole new world

If you're a local theater-goer, you might think of James Monroe Iglehart as The Big Bad Wolf from TheatreWorks' 2005 production of "Into the Woods," or you might...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jun. 2, 2011
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Ad Libs: A whole new world

If you're a local theater-goer, you might think of James Monroe Iglehart as The Big Bad Wolf from TheatreWorks' 2005 production of "Into the Woods," or you might...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jun. 2, 2011
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A survivor's spirit

I recently got an email from artist Edna Shochat with a dramatic poster attached. Headlined "One in Eight," the poster contains seven photos of glossy-haired celebrities...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Nov. 7, 2013
Last comment by Ronunlila, on Sep 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm | 1 comment | 17118 Views

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Ad Libs: An evening with Adams

It was a true pleasure to hear the composer John Adams speak last night at the Cantor Arts Center. Kronos Quartet violinist David Harrington conducted a free-flowing...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Apr. 7, 2009
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Ad Libs: On the beach

I didn't expect to feel serene in an exhibit about beach trash. But when you've picked up nearly two tons of discarded plastic at your favorite oceanside spot over...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Apr. 14, 2009
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Ad Libs: 'What would Matt do?'

A new San Francisco exhibit calls him "Artist and Educator," but Matt Kahn is just as often thought of as "Mentor." You can't read about him without seeing that...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 20, 2009
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Ad Libs: Photographer wins global honor

Another well-deserved honor for Menlo Park photographer Mark Tuschman, whose sensitive and beautifully lit photos let us peer into worlds we otherwise might never...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 13, 2009
Last comment by sharon, on May 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm | 1 comment | 14061 Views

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Ad Libs: Lend me a tenor

There was a great story this week in the Vancouver Sun about hapless singers from a Canadian choir standing out on a freezing bridge in their tuxes, trying to recruit...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Mar. 30, 2009
Last comment by Rebecca Wallace, on Apr 3, 2009 at 2:18 pm | 3 comments | 13201 Views

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Ad Libs: Mighty sculptures from little saplings grow

I am already looking forward to an interview that's five weeks away. Wouldn't you, if the artist made giant fanciful sculptures from tree saplings? Environmental...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Dec. 9, 2010
Last comment by inches, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:19 am | 2 comments | 11822 Views

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Ad Libs: BBB coming to RWC

Funny, I was just making a snarky remark about the Park Theatre still being a yawning hole in downtown Menlo Park. It's lovely to hear that the neighboring theater...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jul. 22, 2010
Last comment by daisy, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:10 am | 1 comment | 10375 Views

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Ad Libs: Brave new work

Yesterday, I caught the last performance of the in-development indie-rock musical "Fly By Night" at TheatreWorks, and you'd have to consult the program to believe...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Aug. 23, 2010
Last comment by w, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:05 am | 2 comments | 10081 Views

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Keith Raffel: Doubling the odds in book publishing

It's not an easy thing to find lasting, lucrative success as a novelist. So this year Palo Alto mystery/thriller author Keith Raffel is trying to double the odds. After...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Aug. 12, 2011
Last comment by , on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:01 am | 1 comment | 10044 Views

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Ad Libs: A requiem for summer (but in a good way)

I am now officially a proud choral-music geek, because I have not one but two favorite requiems. Very pleased to get to sing both the Durufle and the Faure last...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jul. 13, 2010
Last comment by Neo, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:16 am | 3 comments | 9870 Views

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Public art: Chairs with flair

I was in Louisville a few years ago performing in a musical about biblical midwives, as one does. In between rehearsals and shows and watching the Ohio River go...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Oct. 28, 2013
Last comment by Rebecca Wallace, on Nov 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm | 2 comments | 9491 Views

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Ad Libs: Pop go the props if the actors don't stop

For my story this week about TheatreWorks' play "Opus," about life in a string quartet, I chatted with writer Michael Hollinger and cellist/advisor Kris Yenney....

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 28, 2010
Last comment by x, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:32 am | 1 comment | 9463 Views

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Ad Libs: Summer in the studio

An intriguing note in the Foothill College newsletter about music instructor Paul Davies. As if teaching today's sprightly youths about music theory, composition...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Aug. 12, 2010
Last comment by fatihin, on Sep 7, 2016 at 4:47 am | 3 comments | 9458 Views

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Ad Libs: Au revoir, Arthur

So saddened to hear about the passing of Arthur Krakower, the 88-year-old wunderkind Peninsula artist. A call or email from Arthur was like a small gem, bright in...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jul. 31, 2009
Last comment by we, on Jul 9, 2016 at 8:49 am | 1 comment | 9345 Views

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Ad Libs: Imagining arias on El Camino

Here's what downtown Menlo Park should do with all those gaping spaces on El Camino Real that used to hold car dealerships. Opera. An enterprising company called...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jul. 8, 2010
Last comment by Rebecca Wallace, on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm | 2 comments | 9330 Views

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Ad Libs: Where's our downtown theater festival?

You can't complain about an evening of Balkan-Yiddish-gospel-postmodern music, really. World Music Day sounds pretty cool (except that you can't call it WMD without...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jun. 12, 2009
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