//Ad libs: A trio of weekend options

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A trio of weekend options

Nothing to do this weekend? Tsk. There's plenty happening on the Midpeninsula -- here are three events that particularly caught my eye:

Foto Nova 19, reception at 7 p.m. Friday, 3/6, at Modernbook Gallery
Like its predecessors, this fifth annual exhibit is likely to be a good place to get acquainted with promising, up-and-coming photographers. Some of the 19 photogs are local, including Palo Alto psychologist/software manager Steve Goldband. I like his pleasantly seedy peek at the past at Palo Alto's old Easterday Furniture sign, which was revealed last year when the Walgreens building got torn down.

"Schick Machine," 8 p.m. Saturday, 3/7, at Dinkelspiel Auditorium One man and lots of sounds: Percussionist Steven Schick premieres a new "musical theater work" by composer Paul Dresher. Unusual instruments and mechanical sound sculptures tell a story about an obsessive percussionist who is getting evicted from his warehouse loft. He has to choose only a few pieces and sounds to bring with him. Check out this great Lively Arts video here.

Cello Joe & the Midnight Ramblers, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3/7, at Red Rock Coffee
Joe sings and beat-boxes while playing the cello, which is what comes from mixing a classical background with hip-hop. Excellent. Also, the best stage name since Sousaphone Sam (who I just made up). We hope to do a story on him in the Weekly soon. Video upon video here.