Worth a Look: Arts open house, a swing dance concert and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, attend an art-and-science open house at Djerassi, head to Redwood City's Music, Arts & BBQ Festival and check out a swing dance concert at the JCC.


'Scientific Delirium Madness'

For 364 days of the year, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program at 2325 Bear Gulch Road in Woodside is closed to the public, its extensive private grounds and artists' barn accessible only to a chosen few. But one day each year, the gates swing open for an afternoon of open studios, dance and music performances, plein air painting, literary readings, refreshments and more. On Sunday, July 19, everyone is invited to "Scientific Delirium Madness," 2015's open house event featuring the residents of this year's arts-and-science-themed residency, among them writers, visual artists, cognitive scientists and organic chemists. As part of the open house, members of the public are free to walk the property, enjoy panoramic ocean views and take a self-guided tour of site-specific sculptures. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50, $25 for children age 6-12, and free for children age 5 and under. Reservations are required. Go to djerassi.org or call 650-747-1250.



A cattle herder from Mali finds his life violently disrupted by Islamic extremists in the award-winning 2014 movie, "Timbuktu." The film plays at Stanford's Geology Corner, Building 320, Room 105 on Wednesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. A discussion follows the screening; both are free and open to the public. Go to events.stanford.edu.


'Music, Arts & BBQ Festival'

For live blues music, local arts and finger-licking barbecue, head to Redwood City's Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, next weekend. Admission is free to the 2015 Music, Arts & BBQ Festival, which runs Friday, July 24, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, from noon to 8 p.m. Go to redwoodcitypal.com.


Swing dance and concert

Take advantage of the warmth and light of summer evenings and head to Palo Alto's Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, for a night of outdoor swing dancing on Saturday, July 18. The 18-piece JCC Big Band Ensemble will play hits of the 1930s and '40s from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Admission is free; just don't forget your dancing shoes. Go to paloaltojcc.org/events.


'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre join forces for this production of a musical comedy about an oddball family and their marvelous car. The show runs July 17-Aug. 2, with performances at the Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos Hills. Go to losaltosstage.org or call 650-941-0551.



Phone bills. Homework. Shopping bags. Receipts. Artist Michael Shemchuk uses them all. In "TEXTure," his new show at Palo Alto's Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., Shemchuk presents layered works of repurposed materials, offering a reflection on paper's impending obsolescence. The show is free to the public and on view now through July 31. Go to bryantstreet.com or call 650-321-8155.

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