This week, watch the 1971 classic, "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," check out a skit competition conducted entirely in Mandarin and catch a concert by Latin and world music vocalist Kat Parra.
'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'
Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two? That would be Roald Dahl, author of the 1964 children's book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which was made famous in 1971 when it was adapted into a film starring Gene Wilder. In the more than 40 years since then, the movie has gained a cult following and become a childhood classic for millions. This Saturday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m., "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" screens at Palo Alto's Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road. The entire family is welcome to come enjoy this tale of a fantastical candy factory where bad behavior comes at a steep price. You don't even need a golden ticket; admission is free. Go to cityofpaloalto.org or call 650-463-4930.
Mandarin skit competition
In a twist on reality TV, Chinese theater company Hua Yi hosts a live stage competition this Sunday, Aug. 16, where audience members can vote for their favorite skit. There's just one catch: The entire event is in Mandarin. The show starts at 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets are $20. Go to mountainview.gov or call 650-903-6000.
'The Mid Day Garden'
There's a cheerful, busy quality to the abstract paintings of Teresa Stanley, where bright, circular forms overlap and merge. On view now through Aug. 31 at Palo Alto's Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., "The Mid Day Garden" evokes the robust cycle of life. Go to bryantstreet.com or call 650-321-8155.
For an hour of hot Latin music and world jazz, head to Palo Alto's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, 725 Welch Road, where award-winning vocalist and composer Kat Parra will perform on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at noon. The free show is part of the weekly Carolyn Wiedemann Reller Concert Series. Go to stanfordhealthcare.org or call 650-725-2892.
'Jonas Salk: A Life'
In 1955, Jonas Salk developed a vaccine for polio. Sixty years later, author Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, M.D., has written a lively biography of the late virologist. Jacobs will read from "Jonas Salk: A Life" at the Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. The event is free. Go to events.stanford.edu.
'West Side Story'
It's not exactly New York's Upper West Side, but starting this weekend, Redwood City plays home to a classic 1950s musical theater take on "Romeo and Juliet": "West Side Story." Broadway by the Bay's show runs Aug. 14-30 at Redwood City's Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway. Tickets are $47-$69. Go to broadwaybythebay.org or call 650-369-7770.