Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - December 9, 2011

Worth a look

Art

Stanford Art Spaces

Photographs are like building blocks for artist Kathryn Dunlevie, who pieces them together to create dreamlike, surreal scenes. Bubbles of text and images float over stately buildings; the Eiffel Tower merges with a tennis court; trees and streets stand at odd, Escher-like angles to each other.

Dunlevie's art can be like physics turned upside down, and indeed she says she's fascinated by contemporary physics. In one series, she used collage to illustrate subatomic movement. More recently, she combined old album covers with photographic images.

Tonight, Dec. 9, Dunlevie will be at a public reception at Stanford Art Spaces on the university campus to open a three-artist exhibition. The show is displaying her work together with the paintings of Brian Huber and Leo Posillico through Feb. 2.

Huber, who grew up in New Orleans, infuses his abstractions of landscapes and architecture with the rhythms of jazz and blues. Posillico has a design and illustration background, and scatters his signature figure — a tall, slim, genderless being — throughout his canvases.

All three are scheduled to attend the reception tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Paul G. Allen Building. The exhibit displays their works throughout this building, extending into the David Packard Building and the psychology office in Jordan Hall. The show is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, go to cis.stanford.edu/~marigros or call 650-725-3622.

Comedy

'Chopshticks'

If you're not opening presents on Christmas, you might as well be cracking open fortune cookies. Such is the long-standing Jewish tradition of going out for Chinese food instead of stashing presents under the tree.

In Palo Alto, an annual show expands on that tradition, mixing comedy in with the noshing. The Christmas Eve "Chopshticks" show brings in stand-up comedians and makes them into dinner theater.

This year, New York comedian Brad Zimmerman will headline "Chopshticks," with his solo coming-of-age show "My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy." Zimmerman's venues have included "The David Letterman Show" and "The Sopranos."

Hey, if the show doesn't fly, he can always help at the Chinese-style buffet and wine bar planned for the evening.

The opening act is San Francisco comedian and cartoonist Michael Capozzola. He has performed at many clubs and universities, and draws the cartoon "Surveillance Caricatures" for the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Chopshticks" starts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Tickets are $55 general and $50 for JCC members; tables for 10 can be reserved for $500. Go to paloaltojcc.org/chopshticks or call 650-223-8700.

Music

Michael Griego

Even jolly old Saint Nicholas needs java. And why not combine a cappuccino with "Carol of the Bells"? Swirl in a little flamenco flavor, and you've got classical guitarist Michael Griego playing two holiday-themed gigs at Red Rock Coffee this month.

A native of Los Angeles, Griego studied classical and flamenco guitar while a student at Occidental College , then earned an MBA from Stanford University. He now lives in Mountain View and performs in the area from time to time. Two years ago, he released the album "Classical Christmas."

Griego is scheduled to perform at the cafe at 201 Castro St. in downtown Mountain View at 7 p.m. on two consecutive Tuesdays, Dec. 13 and 20. There is no cover charge. For more about Red Rock, go to redrockcoffee.org or call 650-967-4473. The musician's website is at michaelgriego.com.

Chava Alberstein

Chava Alberstein has put out about 50 albums since the 1960s, recording her deep, expressive voice on vinyl and tape, CD and digital file. She's sung often in her native Hebrew, and also in Yiddish, French, English and other languages. Her sound can be folksy, earnest, political and familiar; her recordings include an English album with songs by Gershwin and Lennon.

This month, Alberstein is back in Palo Alto — she's performed with Stanford Lively Arts in the past — with a concert set for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

The concert will be in Schultz Cultural Hall at 3921 Fabian Way. Tickets purchased up to 24 hours before the event are $45 general and $40 for students and JCC members; they're $50 at the door.

For more information, go to paloaltojcc.org or call 650-223-8609.

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