Entertainment

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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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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