'Landscapes and Figures'
Artist Lin Fischer's paintings will be on display at Palo Alto's Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., through Jan. 31. The solo exhibit titled, "Landscapes and Figures," features Fischer's hallmark style of bold brushwork and rich palette of color. Go to Bryant Street Gallery.
The last night of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life in Memphis in 1968 will be highlighted in the two-person Olivier Award-winning play "The Mountaintop" at Mountain View's Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St. Michael Wayne Rice and Nathalie Autumn Bennett star in the production, which runs through Jan. 31, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Go to Pear Theatre.
Jeff Chang in conversation with Adam Mansbach
How do Americans see race? How has that changed -- or not changed -- over the last half-century? These questions and more will be discussed at a talk with journalist, music critic, and executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, Jeff Chang, at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Chang with be interviewed by Adam Mansbach, author of "Go the F**k to Sleep" and the newly released "Who We Be." The free -- and timely -- discussion starts at 7:30 p.m. Go to Kepler's.
To celebrate the opening of the Palo Alto Art Center's "Bird in the Hand" exhibit, the art center, at 1313 Newell Road, is hosting a free event on Friday, Jan. 22, with hands-on art activities, food trucks, a photo opp with feathered friends from the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo and a cash bar by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The event starts at 7 p.m. "Bird in the Hand" showcases the colorful and fascinating world of birds. The free exhibition, which includes installation, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and video by more than 45 Bay Area and international artists, runs through April 10. Go to Palo Alto Art Center.
Bluegrass artists Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick will perform traditional bluegrass songs by their highly esteemed California predecessors, Vern Williams and Ray Park, during a performance at the Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St. on Saturday, Jan. 23. Lewis and Kallick have won a Grammy and two International Bluegrass Music Association awards and have released 20 albums. Go to Redwood Bluegrass Association.
World Harmony Chorus
Explore music from around the world, including Africa, Latin America and Europe, with the World Harmony Chorus on Monday, Jan. 25. The eclectic chorus will sing a repertoire of worldly music under the direction of musician Daniel Steinberg at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to start. Seating is limited to 200 on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to CSMA.