Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
The 37th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts returns to University Avenue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event includes 300 artists offering paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and more, plus the Italian street-painting expo, featuring chalk artists creating elaborate, colorful drawings on the pavement. Also on the docket: artists-in-action, musical entertainment on two stages, street-corner concerts, a kids' art studio, food, wines and microbrews. Featured musicians include Palo Alto Players, Singing Wood marimba ensemble, Coffee Zombie Collective, Nancy Cassidy, The Great Morgani and many others. Go to mlaproductions.com.
Singer and composer Gina Williams will perform her "Summer Classics" concert on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts' second stage (500 Castro St.) at 3:30 p.m. A classically trained vocalist with a master's degree in piano, she's also a songwriter, producer and actress. Williams, who recorded her choral and orchestral album "Olympiad" in Kiev, Ukraine, will showcase her eclectic musical taste with this mix of classical, pop, EDM and more, including Whitney Houston and Etta James favorites. Tickets are $15-$20. Go to tickets.mvcpa.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=227.
Ancient Egypt and iron-bearing ceramics
The Stanford Archaeology Center's current exhibition, "Our Dark Materials: Rediscovering an Egyptian Collection" features original ancient Egyptian artifacts collected by the Stanford family and affiliates around the turn of the 20th century, including some that were displayed in the university's museum gallery during the devastating 1906 earthquake, after which they were largely forgotten in storage until recently. The artifacts, which include broken remains of a mummy's case, figurines, ceramic containers and stone tools, according to the center, provide insight into experiences of ordinary Egyptians in daily life and death, as well as Stanford's early history. A second exhibition, "In the Surface: Material Expressions of Iron-Bearing Ceramics," focuses on ceramics, both ancient and contemporary, from Korea and the Americas. The Stanford Archaeology Center is located at 488 Escondido Mall and is open every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Egyptian exhibition runs through May and the ceramics exhibition will be on display through January. Go to events.stanford.edu/events/785/78589/ and suac.stanford.edu/exhibitions/surface-material-expressions-iron-bearing-ceramics-2018.
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