Entertainment

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark screens for free on May 15

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On Friday, May 15,  there will be a free screening of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) at Menlo-Atherton High School’s Performing Arts Center sponsored by the City of Menlo Park Community Services Department. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character and play-along with the movie. This quote-along event is […]

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M-A freshmen form jazz combo called The Blues by Five

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That there are six of them — five who went to Hillview and one who attended La Entrada — but their name is The Blues by Five doesn’t seem to concern the Menlo-Atherton High School freshmen who formed their own jazz combo and are actively seeking gigs. The members of the combo are Chris Iyer on trumpet, Selim Karahan on alto saxophone, Andrew Tan on tenor […]

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Menlo School stages Fiddler on the Roof the first two weekends of May

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In honor of the Menlo School Centennial and the 50th anniversary of one of the staples of American musical theatre, Menlo Drama is presenting the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece, Fiddler On the Roof. Performances run the first two weekends in May: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and May 8th and 9th at 8:00 pm outdoors in the quad at […]

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Celebrate all things botanical during concert at St. Bede’s on May 3

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Another dry winter has come and gone, but miraculously nature prevails, heralding the arrival of spring with bursts of pink cherry blossoms and the vivid green of new, budding leaves. While drought is a time to conserve water, it is also a time to appreciate — perhaps more deeply than ever — the richness and beauty of […]

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As M-A Dance Team show nears, four seniors look back on their four years

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One of the spring entertainment treats is the annual Menlo-Atherton High School Dance Team Show and Fundraiser, which will happen this year on April 4 and take place in the M-A Performing Arts Center at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm). Coached by Nona Ybarra and Kate Lynn Roberts, the Team will display its abilities in […]

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Three nights of movies at M-A Performing Arts Center, March 30-April 1

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Experience three nights of movies at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. March 30th – UP (2009) March 31st – Wreck-It Ralph (2012) April 1st – Mary Poppins (1964) Doors open nightly at 5:30 pm, movies start promptly at 6:00 pm. $3.00 General Admission. Dressing in character is encouraged. Purchase tickets in advance at online. This […]

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M-A fashion show spotlights student talent on stage and behind the scenes

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When Mary Fischer took the job as creative co-chair for Menlo-Atherton High School’s annual fashion show, she was told by her fellow co-chairs Michele Culhane, Karen Fryling and Nancy Kessler that everything creative in the show would be up to her. She recalls thinking, “‘Well, this is a fashion show to raise money for the school, so […]

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Willy Wonka is Hillview Middle School spring musical March 19, 20 & 21

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Hillview Middle School Drama’s spring musical theatre is a production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka based on his beloved children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Explains the school website: “This is a magical romp through childhood, adversity and amazing good fortune full of bubbles, candy and snow. This whimsical, fun-filled show is entertaining for […]

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Menlowe Ballet’s spring production features premiere of Bru’s Sweet by Reginald Ray-Savage

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Menlowe Ballet presents RAPTURE March 27-29 at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. The program features the world premiere of Bru’s Sweet, choreographed by Reginald Ray-Savage (pictured during rehearsal) to the music of Dave Brubeck. Another premiere, Playing Love, choreographed by Menlowe Ballet’s Artistic Director, Michael Lowe (far right in photo), and the return of Lowe’s acclaimed Legend […]

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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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