This week, catch Midpeninsula indie band The Corner Laughers on KZSU, check out drawings by Italian master artists at the Cantor Arts Center and more.
The Corner Laughers
"Henrietta Leavitt never got the credit for measuring the stars." So opens "Queen of the Meadow," a song on The Corner Laughers' forthcoming new album, "Matilda Affect." (Lead singer Karla Kane was struck with inspiration one day while home with her newborn daughter listening to a public radio program on the overlooked female astronomer.) Luminous and light in sound but serious in content, "Matilda Affect," due June 12, explores women in history (Leavitt, Cleopatra), motherhood (Kane and bandmate Khoi Huynh's daughter was born during the making of this record), adventure (how to be a "fairytale tourist") and more. Former Palo Alto Weekly assistant editor Allen Clapp produced the record from his studio, and a whimsical music video was filmed in and around Palo Alto. Don't miss The Corner Laughers perform live on Stanford's KZSU (90.1 FM) May 27 and June 12, plus a concert at Palo Alto Library's summer-reading kickoff event on May 30 at the Rinconada Library. For more information, go to cornerlaughers.com.
New York's Metropolitan Opera chose this tale of greed for perpetual youth as its opening show in 1883, and it remains one of the classic grand operas. Now, West Bay Opera presents Gounod's "Faust" May 22-31 in a production directed by Mexico's Ragnar Conde and costumes that designer Abra Berman describes as "Karl Lagerfeld naive-grotesque." Tickets are $40-$75. Go to westbayopera.org.
Due to a devastating drought, public toilets have been eliminated. That's the scarily realistic scenario of the 2001 satirical Broadway musical, "Urinetown." Presented by Los Altos Stage Company May 28-June 27, Urinetown follows the trials of citizens forced to pay to do their business. Will they sit and take it? There's only one way to find out. Tickets are $18-$36. Go to losaltosstage.org.
Italian master drawings
Michelangelo and Modigliani, Tiepolo and Tintoretto: Sketches by many of the masters of Italian art go on display May 22 at the Cantor Arts Center. The exhibition, on loan from the Princeton University Museum of Art, spans the past 500 years and will be on view through Aug. 24. Admission is free. Go to museum.stanford.edu.
Sixty voices raised in song and a chance to sing along: That's what you can expect at "Listen to the Music!," the spring concert of the Aurora Singers at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. Featuring pop, gospel, jazz and Broadway tunes, the May 23 show is a steal at a $10 donation (children under 6 are free). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are recommended; email email@example.com. To learn more, go to aurorasingers.net.
'Angels in America'
Tony Kushner's 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Angels in America" deals with serious social themes: homosexuality and homophobia, race and politics, religion and death. Next week, Foothill College's theater department opens its production of the provocative seven-hour play, offering a full staging of part one and a companion reading of part two. The shows run May 28-June 14; tickets are $10-$20. Go to foothill.edu/theatre.