A&E Digest: Pear Avenue Theatre to relocate and more

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The Pear Avenue Theatre prepares to move, Cantor Arts Center acquires an Edward Hopper painting and winners of the teen Congressional Art Competition are announced.

COMMUNITY THEATER GETS NEW DIGS ... Mountain View's Pear Avenue Theatre is preparing to depart from its home of more than a decade. At a private event for supporters on June 22, the company will announce details of its new location, said to be located nearby in the North Bayshore neighborhood. Tech giant Google bought the current property at 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, in 2008, along with properties currently occupied by 12 other tenants, all of whom have also been given notice and must vacate the property by September. The Pear's artistic director, Diane Tasca, said she is nostalgic, but looks forward to what she described as "a larger, and yet still intimate space that will allow us to share our work with an even larger audience, and to introduce new programs to serve our community." The theater will present its first work in the new space in the fall.

CANTOR ARTS CENTER SCORES A HOPPER ... American painter Edward Hopper is best known for his 1942 oil painting "Nighthawks," depicting a brightly-lit late night diner from the street outside. Now, Stanford's Cantor Arts Center has acquired an earlier Hopper work, "New York Corner." Painted in 1913, the slightly impressionistic work depicts a red brick building with a grand gold marquee, beyond which rise the skyscrapers and smokestacks of the city. Hopper was just 31 when he completed the work, but Cantor director Connie Wolf called the painting "a transformational acquisition." The purchase of the painting was made possible by a combination of resources from acquisition funds and gifts from donors. "New York Corner" will go on view at the Cantor in late July, along with other key acquisitions from the museum's permanent collection.

HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS HONORED ... On June 6, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo announced the 18th congressional district winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for high school students. Held each year since 1982, the national competition calls for submissions of paintings, drawings, collages, photographs and computer-generated art, and is judged by an independent panel of art community members. The winning work, "Victory," by Mountain View's Saint Francis High School student Jennifer Wang, will be exhibited for a full year at the U.S. Capitol. Wang will also receive two round-trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend the awards ceremony and launch of the exhibition.

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