Entertainment

16th annual LUNAFEST®Film festival coming to Menlo Park at the Guild Theatre

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LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by the Zonta e-Club of Silicon Valley at the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park on March 4, 2017, from 10:00 am to noon. This festival highlights women as leaders in […]

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M-A Drama presents The Addams Family for its spring musical the next two weekends

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Izzie Nada plays Morticia and Teddy Pagee plays Gomez (both pictured above) in Menlo-Atherton High School’s drama department production of the musical, The Addams Family. The production is overseen by the school’s newest drama teacher, Danette Bathauer, who arrived on campus last fall but has taught drama for over 20 years, most recently in the Clovis Unified […]

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Music and fundraising for Willow Oaks School at Cafe Zoë on Saturday, Feb. 11

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Emails Kathleen Daly, owner of Cafe Zoë : “Saturday evening is something really special. Not only do we have Scott Bell and Scott Thompson returning to play music at 7:00 pm, but before the event we will host a musical ensemble from Willow Oaks school. Get to the cafe at 5:15 pm to watch a […]

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“The Diary of Anne Frank” is presented by Menlo Drama Feb. 10-12

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The Diary of Anne Frank, based upon the writings of young Anne Frank, detailing life-in-hiding under Nazi terror in World War II is the upcoming Menlo Drama production. Anne’s diary lent a voice to the fight for human dignity, and this adaptation brings to life one of the most important people of the 20th century, […]

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John Donald is Executive Producer of very local movie, Superpowerless, part of this year’s SF Indie Fest

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Add movie producer to Menlo Park resident John Donald’s resume with the release of Superpowerless, which will be screened locally next month at the SF Indie Fest. Tickets are available online as is the trailer. The film, which was shot in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Palo Alto, is about a superhero (played by Josiah Polhemus) who loses […]

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Menlo Park resident John Donald looks back on his top entertainment picks for 2016

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Here’s some of what I enjoyed during 2016: Music: According to iTunes, my most played new music of the year. Singles – U-turn, Tegan and Sara – Dirty Mercy, Gin Wigmore – Mama Said, Lukas Graham – He Didn’t Mention His Mother, Eleanor Friedberger – She Makes Me Laugh, The Monkees – Boyfriend, Tegan and […]

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Guitarist Carlos Pavan brings Argentinian sounds to Menlo Park on Dec. 28

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On December 28 at 7:00 pm, the Menlo Park Library will host a guitar recital by Carlos Pavan, featuring music from Argentina as well as the musician’s own original compositions. Argentine-born Pavan is a composer/guitarist who performs an original blend of tango/folk, classical technique and jazz harmonies. Living in New York since 2000, he has […]

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Gryphon Carolers showcase holiday music from around the world in annual concert

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Although shoppers may get a bit weary of the typical holiday tunes piped through department stores every year at this time, one Peninsula-based vocal ensemble is offering a time-tested cure for holiday tedium. The GryphonCarolers have been lifting audience spirits and calming the effects of turbulent times for the past 35 years. This year’s concert […]

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Spotted: Gingerbread dancers in this year’s “Twas”

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, performed and produced by Menlo Park-based Dancers Repertory Theatre continues this Saturday and Sunday at the Woodside Performing Arts Center. Performances are at 1:00 and 4:00 pm each day, and tickets are available online. Photo courtesy Page Curtin

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Tom and Sandy Farley tell tales at Menlo Park Library on Dec. 10

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On December 10 at 11:00 am, the Menlo Park Library will present a program of tales for adults by the tandem storytelling team of Tom and Sandy Farley, also known as Spontaneous Combustion. Tandem storytelling is the art of two tellers performing one tale together. Since 1979, the Farleys have been telling traditional and contemporary […]

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“It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker” is Menlowe Ballet’s holiday offering

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It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker will be presented by Menlowe Ballet this year on two December weekends at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (555 Middlefield Road). Inspired by Frank Capra’s classic film, the production takes place in the 1940s and boasts all the magical trimmings of a traditional Nutcracker blended with unexpected twists and a heartwarming message […]

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