Los Altos honors renowned Chinese brush artist
The Los Altos History Museum will host a solo retrospective exhibition of the works of longtime resident and internationally renowned artist Hau Beiren beginning Oct. 13 in the main exhibit gallery. Many in the community know Beiren as Paul Hau. The artist, who recently turned 100, moved from China to Los Altos with his wife and two children in 1962. The family's "old apricot villa" in north Los Altos has been the major inspiration for his groundbreaking work, uniting Chinese ink tradition with modern Western artistic techniques. This retrospective exhibition focuses on the artistic development of his work from traditional Chinese ink brush-painting to the introduction of vivid colors to dramatic and bold abstract representation. Beiren's unique and innovative "splash ink and color" painting style integrates both Eastern and Western aesthetics. Mark Johnson, MFA, director of the Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University and professor of art, will guest curate the retrospective. This exhibit will be on display Oct. 13 to Nov. 13, with a free opening reception 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. Go to Los Altos History Museum.
'Second Sundays' for Families
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is launching a new program for families on Oct. 9. "Second Sundays" is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art projects and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Families will have the opportunity to spend the day exploring the galleries and participating in programs designed to help visitors look and think about art in new ways. Activities include docent-led gallery tours, art making in the drop-in studio and the use of art packs for sketching while touring the galleries. Second Sundays occurs on the second Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Go to Cantor Arts Center.
Schola Cantorum's new season
Schola Cantorum will celebrate its 53rd season with fresh interpretations of great choral works, rarely-heard commissions and award-winning poetry set to music. Music Director Gregory Wait has chosen pieces he loves and wants to perform again, including two Baroque masterpieces -- Handel's "Dixit Dominus," and J.S. Bach's "Christ lag in Todesbanden" -- which open the season on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16. The season concludes on May 20 and 21 with a retrospective of original pieces by Schola's founder Royal Stanton, Joseph Jennings, Kirke Mechem and Libby Larsen. "We want to challenge ourselves and do what's new and current as well," Wait said. The May concert will premier "Love Poem in Blue," an original composition of last season's poetry contest winner Sonnet Phelps, with music composed by Assistant Music Director Dawn Reyen. For concert times, locations and season ticket information, go to Schola Cantorum or call 650-254-1700.
Step back into time with film artifacts
Explore a variety of motion picture artifacts dating from the late 1800s to 1980s, including the rare Visionola, a Kerosene movie projector and a Scopitone, at a free exhibit at the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto. The new "Evolution of Film" exhibition will also feature film news and movie reels that show the ever-changing landscape of film. The reels can be played in the gallery. Toy models of the zoopraxiscope, zoetrope and praxinoscope will also be available to tinker with. Check out the display at the museum, 351 Homer Ave., through Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to MOAH.