26 South Bay Accent
air as a colorful collection of players tells us
the story of Pippin. In this Tony Awardwinning
musical, the titular character tries to
discover the meaning in his own life, as well
as the world at large. Tickets $20-$30. Bus
Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
From Timbuktu to the Mississippi
Delta. April 4, 12-1 p.m. For Jazz Appreciation
Month, Pascal Bokar Thiam explores
the West African roots of American jazz.
Bokar Thiem teaches music at the University
of San Francisco and the French American
International School, San Francisco.
Co-presented with San Jose Jazz. Free. San Jose
Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St., San Jose.
Joan Mitchell: Painting as Cathedral. April
11, 4:15-6:15 p.m. Join Patricia Albers as she
discusses Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), who
came of age as an artist in the 1950s New York
of the Cedar Tavern and the Artists’ Club. Her
commitment to abstraction, her love of oil
paint and her toughness of character identified
Mitchell as a New York School artist. Tickets
$25. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. 328
Lomita Dr. Stanford, 650/723-4177.
Panel: The Matter of Photography in the
Americas. April 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Photographers
from diverse countries throughout the
Americas discuss their art. Panelists include
Mexican artist, activist, and
art critic Monica Mayer and
Joiri Minaya. Free. Cantor
Arts Center at Stanford.
California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San
John Waters in Conversation. April 18,
7:30 p.m. For 50 years, the Baltimore-born
director has been shocking and delighting
audiences with his hilariously transgressive
cult films that subvert nostalgic visions
of American suburbia. SFFILM Executive
Director Noah Cowan interviews the iconic
filmmaker. Tickets $5-$40. Bing Concert
Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University.
The Art of Making Space Public. April 25,
4:15-6:15 p.m. This lecture explores trends
in public art over the last 30 years, from artists
on the design team to environmental art, new
technologies and art that promotes social justice.
Tickets $25. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford.
328 Lomita Dr. Stanford, 650/723-4177.
Gothic Monsters and Evil Houses. May 2,
noon-1 p.m. Katherine D. Harris will trace
the gothic house theme from Mary Shelley’s
“Frankenstein,” which introduced a soulless
monster into the genre’s decrepit castles,
on through the 20th century, when evil exists
not within the individual but instead within
a seemingly benign space that amplifies its
inhabitants’ propensity toward evil. Free. San
Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St., San
Joyce Maynard. May 2, 11:30 a.m. This conversation
with the author explores Maynard’s
most recent publication, “The Best of Us,” a
life-affirming reflection on coming to understand
true love through the 19-month battle
that Maynard and her husband endured as he
fought pancreatic cancer. Tickets 66-$72. Carriage
House Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center,
15400 Montalvo Road,
Dave Mendlen. Ma y
16, 5:45 p.m. Meet and listen
to Dave Mendlen, General
Manager at Microsoft, as he
is interviewed during a fireside
chat with Dea Wilson, Founder
of Lifograph, “the Wiki of
People.” Drinks and Chinese
food dinner will be provided.
Tickets up to $100. Procopio,
1117 California Ave. Palo Alto.
Artur Schnabel: No Place of
Exile. May 22, 1-2:30 p.m. Pianist
and producer Markus Pawlik
will present a documentary film
about legendary pianist Artur
Schnabel. The screening will be
preceded by a short piano recital
and followed by a Q&A session.
Tickets $15. Oshman Family
JCC. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo
Raimonds Staprans, May 1–20,
San Jose Museum of Art
328 Lomita Dr. Stanford, 650/723-4177.
Jonathan Weisman. April 17, 8 p.m. Weisman
discusses his new book, “(((Semitism))):
Being Jewish in America in the Age of
Trump,” a short, powerful contemplation on
how Jews are viewed in America since the election
of Donald Trump, and how to move forward
to fight anti-Semitism. Tickets $10-$18.
Oshman Family JCC. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo
Michael Wolff. April 17, 8 p.m. Experience a
live, shocking and intimate conversation
with the man on the
inside of the most controversial
presidency in our nation’s
history, Michael Wolff, author
of “Fire and Fury–
Inside the Trump
St. Lawrence String Quartet, April 29, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University