The performance is a collaboration between SpectorDance and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. "Ocean Trilogy" explores the environmental challenges facing the oceans and the latest scientific research on combating those challenges.
"Based on filmed interviews with ocean experts, 'Ocean Trilogy' merges factual and aesthetic elements including stunning underwater film footage, audio sound bites from ocean researchers, contemporary classical and rap music, and a variety of dance styles including contemporary, ballet, and urban," according to a press release.
"Rap Guide to Climate Chaos" is a theatrical performance that uses the language of hip-hop to playfully communicate information about climate change and what individuals and society as a whole can do about it.
Art-SCI was founded by Stanford graduate students Colette Kelly and Cansu Culha, studying earth systems science and geophysics, respectively. In addition to their passion for science, the two are also dancers who seek to use dance as a medium through which to creatively explore scientific topics.
"We hope in the future, we will be able to support other artists who are trying to communicate science and researchers who are trying to find alternative ways to communicate their research," Culha said.
The free performance will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at Roble Gym, 375 Santa Teresa St., Stanford. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/artsci4-13.
Alan Cumming's 'Sappy Songs'
Whether from his work in the theater or on the large or small screens, you know Alan Cumming — but do you really know him? On April 14, the Scottish-born star is bringing his critically-acclaimed one-person cabaret show, "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs," to the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.
"I wanted to signal to the audience that I was going to be emotional and go for it. The show is authentic and vulnerable but the title is tongue-in-cheek. It is a funny show," Cumming said. "I've done a lot of shows like this over the years and I've learned that the more authentic and vulnerable you're able to be, you can really connect with an audience when you're being yourself. It's the same when you're an actor: The more of yourself that comes through the role you're playing, there's less and less of a veil between you and the audience. That doesn't mean you have to 'play yourself.' But good acting is being prepared to be vulnerable."
"Sappy Songs" first premiered in 2015 in New York City, and Cumming has since toured it across the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as recorded a live album. The show has been in hibernation while he works on his new show, "Legal Immigrant," which premiered in 2018, but he's waking it up for a special performance in Palo Alto just as winter gives way to spring.
"Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs" will be performed Sunday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Tickets are $150. Go to paloaltojcc.org/Events/alan-cumming-sings-sappy-songs-1.
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