'Still Off Center' at Gallery 9
The playful oil-on-canvas paintings of local artist Steve Curtiss are on display through April 28 at Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. Curtiss' exhibition, titled "Still Off Center," demonstrates his traditional skills with offbeat, clever sense of humor, with subjects including the local landscape, humans and animals (particularly cats), art history, paradoxes and cultural habits. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Go to gallery9losaltos.com.
Pianist Larry Vuckovich
Celebrated jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich will perform a concert of jazz standards and world music (with classical influences) on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. at the historic Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View. Vuckovich survived Nazi rule and a communist takeover, immigrated to San Francisco from Montenegro (in the former Yugoslavia) in the 1950s, studied classical piano at San Francisco State University and became part of the Bay Area jazz scene, eventually playing with the likes of Mel Torme and Vince Guaraldi and developing his own blend of jazz, classical and Balkan folk, as well as a love of Latin styles. Tickets are $25. Go to larryvuckovich.com or call 707-299-9964.
'London, 1845: Gratitude to Haydn'
Throughout its current season, The New Esterhazy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) have been celebrating highlights from throughout string-quartet history. The group will recreate an 1845 London concert in tribute to 18th-century master composer Joseph Haydn, performing four quartets spanning Haydn's career on Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Tickets are $30 general admission/$25 seniors/$10 students. Go to newesterhazy.org.
'Knock Before Entering'
Stanford University's Department of Art & Art History presents "Knock Before Entering," an exhibition by students in its honors thesis program, at the Coulter Art Gallery, 355 Roth Way (open Tuesday-Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.). One of the artists constructed and embodied three different personas in order to explore how different artists or aspects of one artist would approach the same project. Another, Tori Parrish, uses her own body as a reference point for combining abstract and figurative painting in an investigation of identity. A reception will be held Thursday, April 19, 4-6 p.m. Go to events.stanford.edu/events/765/76533/.
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