Worth a Look: Classical Indian dance, salsa festival and more

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This week, check out classical Indian dance troupe Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall, catch sizzling music and fresh food at the Redwood City Salsa Festival and enjoy the start of autumn at Filoli.


Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

In the south of India, 30 kilometers from the beautiful garden city of Bangalore, lies the dance village of Nrityagram. There, dancers come to devote themselves to the full-time study of classical Indian dance forms. This Saturday, Sept. 26, the internationally renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble comes to Stanford's Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St. The ensemble will present "Samyoga," a word that in Sanskrit means the joining of two heavenly bodies. "Samyoga" will be performed in the ancient and theatrical dance style of Odissi, one of the oldest surviving dance traditions of India, an art characterized by sinuous motion and powerful emotional expression. The performance also showcases sumptuous traditional costumes and live music. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$65. For more information, go to live.stanford.edu or call 650-724-2464.


Redwood City Salsa Festival

It's going to be hot in Redwood City this Saturday, Sept. 26, when the Salsa Festival returns to town. The fun starts at noon and runs until 8 p.m. with live Latin music, Tequila and microbrew tastings, and amateur and professional salsa chefs offering samples of their fresh and fiery concoctions. The festival takes place on Redwood City's Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway. Admission is free. Go to goo.gl/nZGssq or call 650-780-7000.


Artistry in Fashion

Calling all fashion lovers: This Saturday, Sept. 26, Redwood City's Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., hosts local independent designers for a day of demonstrations, sales and more. From hand-crafted jewelry to one-of-a-kind garments, bags and accessories, Artistry in Fashion is a great place to get new fashion inspiration -- or do some personal shopping. The designer sale and showcase runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a fashion show at 4 p.m. A $10 donation is requested. Go to artistryinfashion.com or call 650-306-3370.


Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

The gourds are back! It's time for the ever-popular annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, which celebrates its 20th year next week. The exhibition runs Tuesday, Sept. 29 through Friday, Oct. 2 at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd. On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4, the pumpkins and other glass creations go on sale to the public. Admission is free. Go to greatglasspumpkinpatch.com or call 650-329-2366.


'Bing Outside/In'

For a free afternoon of music, dance, art and food, head for Stanford's Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., on Saturday, Sept. 26. There, you'll find San Francisco indie rock band The Family Crest playing in the open air lobby, acrobatics performed by Circus Bella, magic tricks by Dante Mancini and more. The event begins at 1 p.m. and runs through the afternoon. Go to live.stanford.edu or call 650- 724-2464.


Autumn at Filoli

Let the kids frolic in the pumpkin patch and try their hand at pressing apple cider at the annual Autumn at Filoli Festival, held at the Woodside estate at 86 Cañada Road this Saturday, Sept. 26. Highlights include orchard tours, live music, heirloom fruit tasting and a barbecue lunch. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for Filoli members, $8 for children ages 5-17 and free for children 4 and younger. Go to filoli.org/autumn-festival or call 650-364-8300, ext. 508.

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