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Arts & Entertainment - March 10, 2023

Local Grammy winner goes where the music takes him in free concert

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) in Mountain View is hosting a truly one-of-a-kind concert with Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and bandleader Taylor Eigsti and bassoonist Paul Hanson. Titled "Where the Music Takes You," the performance on Saturday, March 11, emphasizes jazz improvisation, a specialty of both Eigsti and Hanson.

Eigsti, who grew up in Menlo Park and is a CSMA alumnus, performed at the school last spring in a concert that debuted his composition, "Imagine Our Future." The piece drew on artistic inspirations submitted by over 100 local students and also had its roots in Eigsti's talent for improvising. Hanson performed with Eigsti for "Imagine Our Future," a collaboration that brought about their March 11 concert, according to the CSMA website.

"Where the Music Takes You" is part of CSMA's spring concert series, featuring free performances in a variety of genres, including jazz, folk and Americana and classical.

"Where the Music Takes You," with Taylor Eigsti and Paul Hanson, takes place March 11, 7:30 p.m. at Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle Mountain View. Admission is free; seating is first come, first served. Masks are strongly encouraged. For more information, visit arts4all.org.

A revealing 'Exposure' screens at The Guild

From early large-scale photographs of the Yosemite Valley to groundbreaking motion studies of a horse running, it's no mystery what made photographer Eadweard Muybridge famous, but many aspects of his complicated life aren't as well known. Director Marc Shaffer delves into the person behind the lens in "Exposing Muybridge," a full-length documentary about the photographer.

The Stanford Historical Society hosts back-to-back screenings of the film, each followed by a panel discussion led by Shaffer, on March 16, at 4 and 7 p.m. at The Guild Theater in Menlo Park.

Well before Silicon Valley existed, Muybridge may have been one of the area's first technological disruptors, as many of his motion studies (considered a precursor to film), took place in Palo Alto, financed by his patron, Leland Stanford — who also owned Muybridge's equine subjects. But like many disruptors, his innovative work met with a personal disruption, at least for a time. In Muybridge's case, it was a murder trial, in which he was accused of killing his wife's lover.

"Exposing Muybridge" draws on interviews with scholars, photographers and collectors, including Stanford historian emeritus Richard White, as well as actor Gary Oldman, who is a Muybridge collector, and features numerous photographs from collections at the Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries.

The first panel discussion, following the 4 p.m. screening, features Corey Keller, a former photography curator at SFMOMA who served as an advisor to the film, and Scott Delp, Stanford professor of bioengineering and the 2021 recipient of the Muybridge Award, while the discussion following the 7 p.m. screening also features Keller along with Ryan Coffee, senior staff scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

"Exposing Muybridge" screens March 16 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Guild Theatre, 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. For more information, visit historicalsociety.stanford.edu.

Actress returns to Bay Area with original show

In honor of Women's History Month, Bay Area-raised actress Lianne Marie Dobbs returns home with "Why CAN'T a Woman ...?" her original show that finds her singing a variety of favorite tunes originally written for men.

Inspired by a lifelong love of literature, and female writers and heroines in particular, Dobbs introduces each song by quoting passages from a wide variety of female writers, including Sappho, Charlotte Bront?, Jane Austen and Betty Friedan.

The show focuses on Dobbs' vocals, but there's also a bit of dancing, she said in an email to this news organization.

"Because when a woman sings 'I Like to Lead When I Dance' (a song originally written for Frank Sinatra to sing in a film) she simply must demonstrate!" she said.

Dobbs now lives in New York, but has frequently been seen on local stages in productions at TheatreWorks, including the title role of the world premiere musical "Emma," as well as at Broadway by the Bay, San Jose Stage Company and A.C.T.

"Why CAN'T a Woman ...?" plays March 16, 8 p.m. at Feinstein's at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., San Francisco. Tickets are $59. More information at feinsteinssf.com.

Email Arts & Entertainment Editor Heather Zimmerman at [email protected]

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