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A survivor's spirit

I recently got an email from artist Edna Shochat with a dramatic poster attached. Headlined "One in Eight," the poster contains seven photos of glossy-haired celebrities...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Nov. 7, 2013
Last comment by Ronunlila, on Sep 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm | 1 comment | 25171 Views

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Ad Libs: The art of buttercream

We theater people have plenty of superstitions. Just because I'm a Wallace doesn't mean I'm brave enough to speak the name of the Scottish play. But I don't think...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jun. 9, 2010
Last comment by shaggy1991, on Aug 21, 2017 at 3:48 am | 2 comments | 12883 Views

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Ad Libs: 'Wild Heart of One Bird Singing'

She lived in a fishing village; she created illustrations of amphipods for the National Museum of Natural Sciences of Canada; she's rather fond of birds. That's...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Mar. 6, 2013
Last comment by Mike, on Jun 29, 2017 at 1:34 am | 2 comments | 9746 Views

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Ad Libs: The real-deal meal?

The basil goes in the side; ginger and limes on the other side; coconuts on top. Twist the dials and the machine spits out real, honest-to-goodness Thai food. You...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Apr. 7, 2011
Last comment by , on Jun 5, 2017 at 9:56 pm | 1 comment | 11468 Views

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'Palo Alto Forest? seeks new digs

Wanted: a new home for a Palo Alto forest. That is, the collection of photos on glass, hung with wood, wire and acrylic, known as the art installation "The Palo...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Apr. 3, 2013
Last comment by , on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:04 pm | 1 comment | 10626 Views

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Ad Libs: Hail to the hydrangeas

Sometimes, in the clutter and spam of the email inbox, you just want a cushion of lush hydrangeas to rest your eyes on. I have the best job in the world. Kudos...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 11, 2011
Last comment by , on Jun 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm | 1 comment | 11821 Views

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Keith Raffel: Doubling the odds in book publishing

It's not an easy thing to find lasting, lucrative success as a novelist. So this year Palo Alto mystery/thriller author Keith Raffel is trying to double the odds. After...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Aug. 12, 2011
Last comment by , on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:01 am | 1 comment | 14791 Views

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Ad Libs: Yep, this makes 200 postings

Today's posting feels like a landmark: Mazel tov to me on my 200th Ad Libs post! Should I buy myself an anniversary present? I always forget. Is it paper this year,...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Mar. 31, 2010
Last comment by e, on Jun 5, 2017 at 2:20 am | 2 comments | 12655 Views

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Ad Libs: Downtown with Bryan Ida

SoCal meets Palo Alto in a new show of 15 paintings by PA native Bryan Ida. On round and rectangular panels, his thick epoxy layers recall his history with Southern...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 29, 2013
Last comment by , on May 28, 2017 at 2:46 am | 1 comment | 9076 Views

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Ad Libs: Summer in the studio

An intriguing note in the Foothill College newsletter about music instructor Paul Davies. As if teaching today's sprightly youths about music theory, composition...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Aug. 12, 2010
Last comment by fatihin, on Sep 7, 2016 at 4:47 am | 3 comments | 13660 Views

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Ad Libs: Starmade shadows and ash groves

Don't get me wrong. I love holiday music. I arrive ridiculously early for sing-along Messiahs so I can sit up front. I once sang "O Holy Night" at a vocal recital....

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Nov. 23, 2010
Last comment by ozml, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:20 am | 1 comment | 12170 Views

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Ad Libs: Mighty sculptures from little saplings grow

I am already looking forward to an interview that's five weeks away. Wouldn't you, if the artist made giant fanciful sculptures from tree saplings? Environmental...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Dec. 9, 2010
Last comment by inches, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:19 am | 2 comments | 15956 Views

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Ad Libs: Finally, a use for the yogurt maker

What key does an eggbeater play in? Inventor, composer and "sound sculptor" Trimpin, who is in residence at Stanford Lively Arts this spring, is hosting his own...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Feb. 14, 2011
Last comment by Sally, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:18 am | 1 comment | 11976 Views

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Ad Libs: A requiem for summer (but in a good way)

I am now officially a proud choral-music geek, because I have not one but two favorite requiems. Very pleased to get to sing both the Durufle and the Faure last...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jul. 13, 2010
Last comment by Neo, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:16 am | 3 comments | 14014 Views

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Ad Libs: BBB coming to RWC

Funny, I was just making a snarky remark about the Park Theatre still being a yawning hole in downtown Menlo Park. It's lovely to hear that the neighboring theater...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jul. 22, 2010
Last comment by daisy, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:10 am | 1 comment | 14464 Views

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Ad Libs: Brave new work

Yesterday, I caught the last performance of the in-development indie-rock musical "Fly By Night" at TheatreWorks, and you'd have to consult the program to believe...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Aug. 23, 2010
Last comment by w, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:05 am | 2 comments | 14477 Views

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Ad Libs: Up there on the air

Hey, the California Pops Orchestra is doing a radio-style show. Perfect for the entire family -- since it's a radio format, you don't have to look up, so the kids...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jan. 26, 2010
Last comment by 9, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:57 am | 1 comment | 12389 Views

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Ad Libs: Prize-winning Peninsula Photos

When I was in college, I bought Sierra Club engagement calendars every year, because of their remarkable photos. In between my scribbled, highly crucial appointments...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Feb. 25, 2010
Last comment by i, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:48 am | 3 comments | 12103 Views

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Ad Libs: 'Let's Build a Squadron of Dirigibles in Lenin's Name'

No, I'm not running for office. (And I'm not sure what kind of office one runs for with dirigibles.) In fact, the above slogan was one of the catchiest ones in an...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Apr. 29, 2010
Last comment by u, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:41 am | 2 comments | 12092 Views

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Ad Libs: Have cello, will travel

He bills himself as "the wildest beatboxing cellist in the West." Now Cello Joe (aka Joey Chang) is perhaps aiming for a broader geographic title. He's about to...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 6, 2010
Last comment by o, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:38 am | 2 comments | 12530 Views
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