Entertainment

Bye Bye Birdie is Menlo-Atherton High School’s winter production and this Conrad Birdie has some fun twists

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People of a certain age know all about the inspiration for Conrad Birdie, the hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar who gets drafted into the Army in the musical Bye Bye Birdie, which debuted on Broadway in 1960 and won a Tony Award for best musical in 1961. It was, of course, Elvis Presley, which leads us […]

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World traveling, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti calls Menlo Park his hometown

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Jazz pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti logs about 170,000 miles a year traveling from gig to gig, spending a good 75% of the time in hotel rooms. But once upon a time he made Menlo Park his full-time home. “For the first 17 years I lived in one place on Orange Avenue in Menlo Park,” […]

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The Laramie Project is Menlo School Drama Department winter production

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“I think that the high school years are a time in a person’s life when important issues come to the fore with greater awareness,” explains Menlo School director Steven Minning about the selection of The Laramie Project as the upper school’s winter production. “Teenagers tend to love issues — they are very committed.” The play by Moies Kaufman and […]

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Herb Wong tribute concert at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on Jan. 25

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Emails Patricia Boyle, Palo Alto Jazz Alliance board member: “This concert by members of the Woody Herman Orchestra is a special tribute to Herb Wong, an internationally known jazz educator and promoter, who died last spring at his home in Menlo Park. Many of the 16 orchestra members knew Herb personally. “The Palo Alto Jazz […]

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George Burns tribute show takes place on January 3

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The community is invited to witness a joking, singing, dancing George Burns live and in concert, as performed by Duffy Hudson. The free show is presented by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, on Saturday, January 3, at 2:00 pm in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers. Stage and film actor Duffy Hudson brings George Burns’s wit […]

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Big band sounds at Menlo Park Library on Thursday, Dec. 18

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The public is invited to get into a swinging holiday mood, during a free performance by the Montclair Women’s Big Band to be presented by the Menlo Park Library on Thursday, December 18. The Montclair Women’s Big Band was founded in 1998 by veteran trumpeter and bandleader Ellen Seeling, with producer Barbara Price. With a […]

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Nancy Gilliland: Menlo Park’s very own chanteuse and pianist, performing the American songbook

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For many years cabaret singer Nancy Gilliland was a fixture in downtown Palo Alto, playing at Cafe Fino for 19 years, so we were surprised to find out that Menlo Park is her hometown. “I’ve lived here  since 1988,” she said. “My husband had a house here. I came West from Atlanta where I worked for Western […]

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Menlo Park Holiday Showcase set for December 13

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The 2014 Holiday Showcase presents the City’s best programs and classes of the year! It takes place on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (555 Middlefield Road). Cost is $5.00 per person; 12 and under free. The City of Menlo Park Community Services Department has a […]

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Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble performs at St. Bede’s on Dec. 14

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Few things evoke the magic of the winter holidays as the transcendent splendor of the human voice raised in song. Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble has researched and discovered a treasure-trove of seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. The group will present Wintersongs at St. Bede’s in Menlo Park on […]

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Twas the Night Before Christmas presented first two weekends of December

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Presented by Dancers Repertory Theatre and Menlo Park Academy of Dance and reviewed as a “charming alternative to the Nutcracker”, Twas the Night Before Christmas will be performed at the Woodside Performing Arts Center on Saturday December 6 (4:00pm), Sunday December 7( 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm) Saturday, December 13, (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm), and Sunday, […]

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The Members hold Benefit Event at Freewheel Brewing on Saturday, Dec. 6

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Menlo Park Dad Band, The Members, are having a Benefit Show this Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 8:00 pm  at Freewheel Brewing Company, located in the Marsh Manor Shopping Center. The Members will be donating $20 per guest that night, with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club. Each person will receive an entrance ticket to keep […]

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