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Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 22, 2013

Worth a look

Art

Stanford Art Spaces

A New Yorker with a background as a competitive gymnast, a poet, a samba teacher and a Japanese-print enthusiast: That's painter Nicole Lomangino.

After growing up in New York, Lomangino lived in Sao Paulo and then in the Sunset District of San Francisco. She had long created art to illustrate her poems, but living in an Asian neighborhood led to a new fascination with the Japanese woodblock prints of the Edo Period. She now crafts layered portraits of watercolor, gouache, ink and Japanese yuzen paper.

Lomangino's mixed-media paintings are among the works that will be featured this spring in a three-artist exhibit at Stanford Art Spaces. The show also contains paintings by Michelle Sakhai, whose landscapes can be misty, dreamy and pleasantly surreal. Her "Umbrella Bonsai II," for example, is a work of oil, gold and copper leaf depicting a tree composed of bright umbrellas.

Ink paintings by Chun-Hui Yu will also be on display, filled with calligraphic brush strokes and abstract landscapes.

The free exhibit will be up March 29 through May 23 at the Paul G. Allen (C.I.S.) Art Spaces Gallery at 420 Via Palou at Stanford University. Exhibit hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a reception set for April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Go to cis.stanford.edu/~marigros or call 650-725-3622.

Music

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Stanford University's resident St. Lawrence String Quartet marks Good Friday for the third year in a row in church — performing a concert in the grand Memorial Church on campus, that is. Starting at 5 p.m. March 29, the foursome will play Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross."

The meditative hour-long work, which is broken into seven sections, traces the last hours of the life of Christ. The piece is praised for its tone painting and unusual musical juxtapositions. Haydn originally wrote it as an orchestral work, then reportedly wrote versions for string quartet and piano, and an oratorio adaptation with choral voices.

The Stanford performance will be interspersed with readings from the Good Friday service, given by Rev. Scotty McLennan, the dean for religious life at the university. Admission is free.

First violinist Geoff Nuttall, violist Lesley Robertson, cellist Christopher Costanza and violinist Scott St. John make up the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which has been in residence at Stanford since 1998. For more about the concert, go to live.stanford.edu.

Cello Joe

Call him a beat-boxing cellist, a classical-hip-hop musician or a bicycling tunesmith. He responds to any of those, but mainly to his stage moniker, Cello Joe. Also known as Joey Chang, the rambling musician likes to record himself playing cello right there on the spot with a looper, and then produce what he calls "intergalactic tapestries of harmony, melody and rhythm."

Call it beatboxing, dubstep, folk-rock, throat-singing or all of the above. Then mix it with plucking and bowing the cello, and you've got the man's signature sound. It comes from his days with Palo Alto's El Camino Youth Symphony, or perhaps from attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. It travels far and wide on his bicycle.

Cello Joe is set to perform a free gig this Saturday, March 23, at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View. The show starts at 8 p.m. at 201 Castro St. For more, go to redrockcoffee.org or call 650-967-4473.

Books

'Creative Writing at Stanford'

Stanford University's creative-writing program has been around since 1946, when the environmentalist writer Wallace Stegner founded it. Thousands of undergrads and Stegner fellows have passed through the program since then, with many locals taking classes from these writers through the university's continuing-studies program.

On April 2, the continuing-studies program presents a panel talk by four luminaries who have been closely involved with creating writing at Stanford. Nancy Huddleston Packer, who was profiled last year in the Weekly, will moderate. The former director of the creative-writing program is also a former Stegner fellow and Stanford professor of English; her fourth collection of short stories, "Old Ladies," was published last year.

Also scheduled for the program is Eavan Boland, the Stanford English professor who currently directs the creative-writing program. Boland will be joined by former Stegner fellows Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate; and Scott Turow, the best-selling author of nine novels and two nonfiction books on the law.

The free event starts at 7:30 p.m. in Cubberley Auditorium at Stanford's school of education. Go to continuingstudies.stanford.edu for more information.

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