Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - May 11, 2012

Worth a look

Theater

'Pear Slices 2012'

Back for its ninth year, the annual "Pear Slices" production brings new short plays by local playwrights to the Pear Avenue Theatre stage. Palo Alto resident Diane Tasca, the company's artistic director, directs some of the one-acts, with Robyn G. Braverman and Troy Johnson taking the helm for the others. Actors will play various roles in different plays.

This year, the mix of comedy and drama features: Ross Peter Nelson's "Mounting Olympus," a humorous look at the gods; Earl T. Roske's futuristic "The Infinite Book"; Douglas Rees' "Toppers," a light-hearted dialogue between plastic figures; Leah Halper's "Pine and Oak," a conversation between Emerson and Thoreau; and Paul Braverman's TV spoof "The Lawyer Zone" and "scary little comedy" "Do Us Part."

Also on the program are: Elyce Melmon's "Vanishing Borders," about the criminal justice system; Bridgette Portman's "No Dogs Go to Heaven," about the end of the world and how you can make money on it; and Beverly Altschuler's contemporary genie tale "Careful What You Wish For."

The production opens tonight, May 11, and then runs through June 3, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2. The Pear Avenue Theatre is at 1220 Pear Ave. in Mountain View.

Tickets are $15-$30. Go to http://thepear.org or call 650-254-1148.

Music

Spring jazz

A noted trumpeter and trombonist come to town this month for guest gigs with two Stanford University jazz groups.

Jon Faddis, following in the footsteps of his mentor Dizzy Gillespie as a busy performing trumpeter, is scheduled to share the stage with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra next Wednesday, May 16, at 8 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium on campus. Also a composer, conductor and music faculty member at Purchase College in New York, Faddis will perform some of his own compositions with the orchestra.

Faddis is also scheduled to perform with the orchestra this summer at various jazz festivals in Europe.

Later this month, trombonist Doug Beavers will perform with the Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, May 26, at 8 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Beavers toured with the pianist Eddie Palmieri's band and played on the 2005 Grammy-winning release "Listen Here" before starting a solo career in performing and composing. The May 26 concert program includes pieces orchestrated by Beavers for the Stanford ensemble.

Concert tickets are $10 general and $5 for non-Stanford students, with Stanford students getting in free. For more information, go to http://music.stanford.edu or call 650-725-ARTS.

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