Exhibitions and fine art
'The Blue Marble: Art for The Environment'
Where: Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
When: Sept. 6-25.
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening reception Friday, Sept. 6, 5:30-8 p.m.
Following last autumn's successful "cause-based exhibit," which supported wildlife advocacy, Pacific Art League (PAL) this September is returning to an environmental theme with "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment." Seven Bay Area artists (Barbara Boissevain, Sukey Bryan, Steve Curl, Joe Decker, Michele Guieu, QT Luong, and Hannah Rothstein) will exhibit work celebrating the beauty of planet Earth. The exhibition will also aim to raise awareness of pressing environmental issues and of steps locals might take to help.
Rothstein's ironic "National Parks 2050" series, for example, mimics the classic look of vintage national parks posters with updates to show how climate change will impact many of the country's beloved landmarks. "Visit melted permafrost, snowless peaks and vanished tundra," reads a poster for Alaska's Denali National Park. The effect is both grimly humorous and harrowing.
"Each of these works aims to make climate change feel immediate and close to home in a way data and scientific reports cannot. With my art, I want to help society connect to science, and harness the power of imagery to have an emotional impact," Rothstein told the Palo Alto Weekly. "It's my hope viewers of these works will be galvanized to take action, whether that's in their everyday lives, by calling their congresspeople, or by organizing in the name of the environment."
Partnering with PAL are local environmental and science organizations including NASA, The Sierra Club and Environmental Volunteers.
The exhibition is also a kickoff for a new program PAL is starting this autumn: "Art Hikes For Kids," open to youth from underserved communities.
"So often kids don't get the chance to experience the beautiful natural environment so close to the urban sprawl of Silicon Valley," PAL CEO and Executive Director Jon Graves stated in a press release. "The Santa Cruz Mountains offer an exceptional diversity of hiking trails and views across the stunning landscape rolling to the Pacific, and we want to give kids who have never been into this magical environment the chance to hike and breathe and also to capture their reactions to the experience, through art."
Other exhibitions worth a look
• "Seascapes and Landscapes in Pastel," Portola Art Gallery (September). Jan Prisco, artist. Info: portolaartgallery.com.
• "Encounters: Honoring the Animal in Ourselves" at the Palo Alto Art Center (Sept. 14-Dec. 29). Info: tinyurl.com/exhibits04.
• Lynda Benglis at Pace Gallery (through Oct. 23). Info: pacegallery.com.
• "Left of Center: Five Years of the Anderson Collection" (Sept. 20-Sept. 20, 2020), Jim Campbell (Sept. 5-Aug. 3, 2020) and "Process and Pattern" (through Feb. 17, 2020) at Anderson Collection. Info: tinyurl.com/anderson04.
• "The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford" (Sept. 18, ongoing), "West x Southwest: Edward Weston and Ansel Adams" (Sept. 26-Jan.6, 2020) and "Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze" (Sept. 29-Jan. 5, 2020) at the Cantor Arts Museum. Info: tinyurl.com/cantor04.
• "Kids and Art Exhibition" (Sept. 29), "Cats: From Artistic Expression to Devotion" (Nov. 4-11) at Cubberley Artist Studio Program. Info: tinyurl.com/CubbKids04.
• "Our Community Prepares" at the Los Altos History Museum (Oct. 17-Jan. 19, 2020). Info: tinyurl.com/BePrepped04. • "Bauhaus Centennial: Taking Shape" (Through Sept. 16) at Art Ventures Gallery. Info: artventuresgallery.com.
• "The Dream" (September), "Voice Crossing" (October) and "Strands that bridge" (November) at the Art Kiosk. Info: fungcollaboratives.org.
David Crosby and Friends
Where: Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m.
Music legend David Crosby rolls into Redwood City with his "Sky Trails Band" (James Raymond on keys, Mai Leisz on bass, Steve Di Stanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keyboards and vocals) for a performance at the Fox Theatre on Sept. 4. Locals can also catch Marwan Khoury (Oct. 4) and Three Dog Night (Oct. 24), among others, at the historic venue this fall.
Other concerts worth a listen
• At the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center: Tall Men Group (Sept. 14); "Bird with Strings," presented by The Palo Alto Jazz Alliance (Oct. 12). Info: pajazzalliance.org.
• From Stanford Live (Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater): Mumford & Sons (Sept. 18), Lucibela (Sept. 27), Hanggai (Sept. 28), St. Lawrence String Quartet (Sept. 29), Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar (Oct. 1), "Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)" (Oct. 3), "From the Middle Kingdom to the Wild West: A Symphonic Concert" (Oct. 6), "Rob Kapilow's What Makes It Great?" (Oct. 10), Willie Nelson (Oct. 12), Max Richter with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (Oct. 13), Brad Mehldau & Ian Bostridge (Oct. 16), Chucho Valdes (Oct. 18), Terry Riley and Gyan Riley (Oct. 19), Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert (Oct. 23), Joshua Bell (Nov. 1), Jon Batiste (Nov. 2), The King's Singers (Nov. 10), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (Nov. 13), Nella (Nov. 14), Allison Miller (Nov. 15), Alicia Olatuja (Nov. 16), Musica Nuda (Nov. 17) and "Harlem 100" (Nov. 20). Info: live.stanford.edu.
• From the Oshman Family JCC: Shulem (Sept. 22), Taimane (Oct. 26), Keren Peles (Nov. 5). Info: paloaltojcc.org.
• Shoreline Amphitheatre presents: Korn with Alice in Chains (Sept. 4), Kidz Bop (Sept. 8), Cake with Ben Folds (Sept. 13), Zac Brown Band (Sept. 20), Bryan Adams (Sept. 21), Bob Seger (Sept. 26), Florida Georgia Line (Sept. 27), Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience (Oct. 3), The Alchemy Tour (Oct. 11). Info: mountainviewamphitheater.com.
• From Earthwise Productions at the Mitchell Park Community Center: John Santos Sextet (Sept. 13), Sun Kil Moon (Sept. 27), Amendola/Dunn/Greenlief (Oct. 11), Tom Harrell Quartet (Oct. 24). Info: tinyurl.com/Earthwise04.
• From the Community School of Music and Arts: Axel Schmitt (Sept. 14), Marian Concus and Joshua Horowitz (Sept. 29), Floboe Productions Studio (Oct. 12), Juanito Pascual Trio (Oct. 26), Rontgen Piano Trio (Nov. 23). Info: arts4all.org.
• Filoli's "Bluegrass at the Barn" series: Goat Hill Girls (Oct. 13), Wildcat Mountain Ramblers (Oct. 20), Stringed Allstars (Oct. 27). Info: tinyurl.com/BlueGrass04.
• Redwood Symphony's fall concerts (Sept. 28, Oct. 27, Nov. 23). Info: redwoodsymphony.org.
• Palo Alto Philharmonic's fall concerts (Sept. 7, Oct. 19, Nov. 9). Info: paphil.org.
• Schola Cantorum's "Schola Swings" concerts (Oct. 26-27). Info: scholacantorum.org.
• California Bach Society's fall concert in Palo Alto (Oct. 5). Info: calbach.org.
• New Esterhazy Quartet's fall concerts in Palo Alto (Sept. 15, Nov. 24). Info: newesterhazy.org.
• San Francisco Early Music Society presents: The Costanoan Trio (Sept. 20) and Aquila & Tres Hermanicas (Nov. 22) in Palo Alto. Info: sfems.org.
TheatreWorks' golden season continues
Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Info: Go to theatreworks.org.
It's a big year for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Not only is it the 50th anniversary season, it's also the last with founder Robert Kelley serving as artistic director, plus the organization is still riding high from its recent Tony Award for regional theater. This autumn, TheatreWorks is featuring the screwball comedy/thriller "The 39 Steps," running through Sept. 15; and "Mark Twain's River of Song," featuring traditional tunes (Oct. 2-27).
Other upcoming productions
•From Palo Alto Players: "Bright Star" (Sept. 13-29); "A Christmas Story, The Musical" (Nov. 9-24). Info: paplayers.org.
• From The Pear Theatre: "An Ideal Husband" (through Sept. 15); "Sweat" (Oct. 18-Nov. 10). Info: thepear.org .
• From Los Altos Stage Company: "Admissions" (Sept. 5-29); "Little Shop of Horrors" (Oct. 25-Nov. 3), "Miracle on 34th" (Nov. 21-Dec. 22). Info: losaltosstage.org.
• From Dragon Theatre: "Hickorydickory" (Sept. 6-29); "Anne of the Thousand Days" (Nov. 1-24). Info: dragonproductions.net.
•From Broadway by the Bay: "Into the Woods" (Nov. 8-24). Info: broadwaybythebay.org.
• From West Bay Opera: "Nabucco" (Oct. 18-27). Info: westbayopera.org.
• From Upstage Theater: "Radium Girls" (Oct.18-20). Info: upstagetheater.net.
More miscellaneous highlights
Author events are plentiful on the Peninsula. Below are just some of the literary events on offer, plus a smattering of circus arts, dance, films and more.
Authors, talks and storytelling
• Presented by Kepler's: Esther Wojcicki (Sept. 9), Emma Donoghue (Sept. 11), Madeline Miller (Sept. 13), Naomi Klein (Sept. 27), Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach (Oct. 21), Richard Dawkins (Oct. 26). Info: keplers.org.
• At Books Inc (Palo Alto and Mountain View): Mike Chen (Sept. 4), Meg Waite Clayton (Sept. 9), Jane Solomon (Sept. 14), Cara Wall (Sept. 19), Anita Felicelli (Sept. 26), Rainbow Rowell (Oct. 4), Flynn Coleman (Oct. 16). Info: booksinc.net.
• At Stanford: David Guttenfelder, "A Rare Look - North Korea and Cuba" (Oct. 30); Aleesa Alexander, "Black Codes: The Art of Post-Civil Rights Alabama" (Nov. 18). Info: events.stanford.edu.
• At the JCC: Adeena Sussman (Sept. 10), TEDxPaloAltoSalon (Sept. 21), Sarah Hurwitz (Sept. 23), Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear (Nov. 4), Margaret O'Mara (Nov. 13). Info: paloaltojcc.org.
• Menlo Park Library's Storytelling Festival (Sept. 7-Oct. 2). Info: menlopark.org.
Dance and circus arts
•At Stanford Live: "Gravity & Other Myths" (Oct. 11-12), "Minorities" (Nov. 1-3). Info: live.stanford.edu.
• At the Palo Alto JCC: Cirque Mei (Sept. 18), "Stunt Dog Experience" (Nov. 23). Info: paloaltojcc.org.
• At the Dragon Theatre: "Cosmos" (Oct. 10-11). Info: dragonproductions.net.
• Zoppe Italian Family Circus in Redwood City (Oct. 10-Nov. 3). Info: zoppe.net Zoppe.
At the Dragon Theatre: stand-up comedy show (Sept. 18). Info: dragonproductions.net.
• The Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival (Palo Alto and Saratoga, Oct. 27-Nov. 17). Info: svjff.org.
• The United Nations Association Film Festival (Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and San Francisco (Oct. 17-27). Info: unaff.org.
• Tuolumne River Film Festival (Sept. 7, Atherton). Info: tuolumne.org/events/filmfestival.
-- From Bravemaker: "The Edge of Success" (Sept. 12), "For They Know Not What They Do" (Oct. 16). Info: bravemaker.com.
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