Nature Inspires Work Of Artists Exhibition

Posted on July 6, 2016 by  
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%22Forest Jewel” by Nicole JakabyVIEWPOINTS GALLERY

Viewpoints Gallery has scheduled “Hemispheres,” an exhibition of watercolor work by artist Veronica Gross, through July 30 at the gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Transparent watercolors are Gross’ primary medium, according to the artist. She prefers the inspirational immediacy of plein-air painting. She is most inspired, she said, when engaged in outdoor activities such as traveling, backpacking, hiking and skiing. Gross captures all of these themes in “Hemispheres.”

Gross’ paintings are informed by her recent travels.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

For more information on the artist, visit: veronicagrossart.com

For more information on the exhibition, call 941-5789 or visit: viewpointsgallery.com

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Nicole Jakaby is slated to exhibit her recent oil paintings through July 31 at Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Jakaby is a local artist whose passion is bringing paintings of nature to life through color, detail and depth. Jakaby said she wants to share with viewers of her paintings the “pop” of light and color that captured her eye and made “time stand still.”

“My earliest memories of art are of the trompe l’oeil paintings by William Hartnett that I saw at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco, where I grew up,” she said. “I remember looking at that painting of the heavy wooden door hung with hunting items – so real that I felt I could reach out and touch the fur or the feathers of the game hanging from the door. … Those paintings that touched me so have inspired me to want to touch viewers of my paintings in the same way.”

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

For more information on the artist, visit: nicolejakaby.com

For more information on the exhibition, call 941-7969 or visit: gallery9losaltos.com

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Stage Company Lineup For 21st Season

Posted on July 1, 2016 by  
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Los Altos Stage CompanyLos Altos Stage Company recently announced its lineup for its 21st season, scheduled September to June at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The season’s lineup features two musicals and three plays.

‘ASSASSINS’

The season opens with “Assassins,” a musical featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman. “Assassins” delves into the violent means some will use to obtain celebrity status. The musical challenges audience members to look at their culture through the lives of the nine assassins and would-be assassins of the presidents of the United States. Characters such as John Wilkes Booth, Charles Guiteau and Lee Harvey Oswald appear onstage to tell their stories in a kaleidoscope of dangerous personalities disappointed and disillusioned by the American Dream. Performances are scheduled Sept. 1-26.

‘CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION’

Five lost souls find themselves relating through a series of quirky acting exercises in a summer community acting class in Annie Baker’s “Circle Mirror Transformation.” The intimacy of the class creates an unlikely Petri dish where funny, surprising and poignant secrets are revealed. The New York Times, The New Yorker and Time Out New York hailed “Circle Mirror Transformation” as one of the top 10 plays of 2010. Performances are scheduled Nov. 17 through Dec. 11.

‘YELLOW FACE’

The Los Altos Stage Company begins the new year with Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s “Yellow Face.” “Yellow Face” explores what happens when a prominent Asian-American playwright and activist accidently casts a white man as the Asian-American lead in his new play. Intertwining the historical events of the 1990 casting controversy of “Miss Saigon,” the 1996 Campaign Finance Controversy during which a number of Asian-Americans were investigated by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the 1999 accusation of espionage against Wen Ho Lee, “Yellow Face” explores the complexities, contradictions and comedy of the construct of race. Performances are scheduled Jan. 26 through Feb. 19.

‘ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST’

Next is “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a play based on the 1960s novel by Ken Kesey and adapted by Dale Wasserman. Set in a mental hospital for convicted criminals, the play explores issues of individual identity and freedom, with inmate McMurphy clashing with Nurse Ratched as he fights for the dignity of his fellow patients. Performances are scheduled April 13 through May 7.

‘[TITLE OF SHOW]’

Los Altos Stage Company closes the season with “[title of show],” a musical about two young songwriters in New York City writing a musical about two young songwriters in New York City. Featuring music by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell, “[title of show]”’s two leading characters find that writing a comedy about the process of writing is more interesting than anything else they could write. Performances are scheduled May 25 through June 24.

Season subscriptions for all five plays are on sale now from $90 (students) to $162. Single-play tickets are set to go on sale Friday.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit: losaltosstage.org

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