ago. Ticket prices vary. Hillbarn Theatre, 1285
E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. 650/349-6411.
Chicago, CMT Mainstage. May 10–19,
times vary. During the Roaring ’20s, two
rivals are locked up in Cook County Jail.
Nightclub star Velma is serving time for killing
her husband and sister after finding the two in
bed together; driven chorus girl Roxie’s been
tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover
she’s been seeing behind her husband’s back.
But Roxie’s got a few tricks up her sleeve. Tickets
$20–$25. Montgomery Theater, 271 S.
Market St., San Jose. 408/792-4111.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson
Musical. May 10–12, times vary. The Greek
gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s
life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has
newly discovered powers he can’t control,
monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest
to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war
between the gods. Tickets $38-$128. Center
for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden
Blvd., San Jose. 408/792-4131.
Mireya Mayor: Pink Boots and a
Machete. May 15, 7:30 p.m. For
more than a decade, Mayor has
hosted wildlife shows, most
recently the Nat Geo WILD
series “Wild Nights with
Mireya Mayor.” Mayor will
share stories, images, and film
clips of her adventures, offering
a behind-the-scenes look at
life in the field. Tickets $30–
$45. Hammer Theatre Center,
101 Paseo De San Antonio, San
Two Pints, Abbey Theater on
Tour. May 15–18, times vary. The
provocative “Two Pints” started as
a conversation on Facebook. Now it’s
a play. Two men meet for a pint. They
talk about their Da’s, death, Nigella, North
Korea, the afterlife. Settle down and listen
in as they chew the fat and set the world to
rights. Tickets $50. Coupa Café, Stanford
Golf Course, located at 198 Junipero Serra.
Fiddler on the Roof. May 21–26, times vary.
Featuring Broadway classics such as “Tradition,”
“If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,”
“Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To
Life,” this production will introduce a new
generation to this celebration… “To love! To
life!” Tickets $43-$153. Center for the Performing
Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose.
The Art of Life. April 3, 6 p.m. Join us for
a panel conversation on the nuances of life
with musician, composer and creator Meredith
30 South Bay Accent
Monk alongside Stanford University’s forgiveness
expert Dr. Fred Luskin. The conversation
will be moderated by Professor Robert Pogue
Harrison. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen
St., Stanford University. 650/724-2464.
Laila Lalami. April 4, 7:30 p.m. From the celebrated
Pulitzer Prize finalist who swept multiple
book awards with “The Moor’s Account”
comes this lyric, fascinating new novel “The
Other Americans.” Through nine separate narrators
whose accounts effortlessly interweave,
Lalami unravels both the mystery of an immigrant’s
sudden death and the quiet schisms
that underlie American culture. Free, Kepler’s
Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Talking Art. Money Matters. April 14, 3
p.m. This panel will address the many ways
artists navigate the rising cost of living in the
Bay Area and the hustle of being a professional
artist. Topics will include grants, marketing
and selling artwork, studio costs, freelancing,
residencies, schedules, and maintaining artistic
principles. Free for ICA members and
students, $10 for non-members. San Jose
Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 S. First
St., San Jose. 408/283-8155.
The End of HIV? A discussion with Dr.
Seema Yasmin. April 16, 7:30 p.m. In London
this spring an HIV patient was “functionally
cured” of HIV, one of two case studies which
suggest the beginnings of a breakthrough. Does
this mark the end of the HIV epidemic? Emmy
Award-winning journalist Dr. Seema Yasmin
explores medical breakthroughs and what they
could mean for medicine and culture. Free.
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo
This is Now with Angie Coiro: The Future
of Cannabis. April 17, 7:30 p.m. Cannabis is
here to stay. While it’s still blacklisted by the
federal government, recreational marijuana is
legal now in 10 states, Washington DC and
the Northern Mariana Islands. Coiro discusses
the future of marijuana with industry experts.
Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real,
Menlo Park. 650/324-4321.
Songs of Protest, a Two-Part Lecture with
Mezzo Soprano Deborah Rosengaus. Part
1: April 30, 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Part 2: May 7, 1
to 2:30 p.m. This two-part lecture explores the
musical sounds of battle, from bagpipes to the
American bugle, along with the musical messages
hidden in plain sight of oppressive
regimes. Hear about subversive musicians
from the Renaissance through
the present time. Tickets $15. Oshman
Family JCC, 3921 Fabian
Way, Palo Alto. 408/551-4611.
Violins of Hope: Strings of
the Holocaust. May 2, 7:30
p.m. Narrated by Academy
Brody, this documentary
features Israeli violinmaker
Amnon Weinstein and his
efforts to restore violins recovered
from the Holocaust. Some
were played by Jewish prisoners
in concentration camps, others
belonged to the Klezmer musical
culture, which was all but destroyed
by the Nazis. Free. Oshman Family
JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Flutes and Pipes, Then and Now. May 14,
1 to 2:30 p.m. Listen to period flutes and
bagpipes, as a dynamic flute duo from Philharmonia
Baroque Orchestra guides listeners
through a journey of gorgeous music written
for two baroque flutes by composers such as
Hotteterre, Telemann and W.F. Bach. Discover
the variety of sounds and moods these
instruments can evoke and learn how the
instruments evolved over time. Tickets $15.
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo
Professor Brian Cox–Universal. May 22, 8
p.m. With state-of-the-art imagery using massive
ultra-high-definition screens, Professor
Brian Cox will explore the nature of space and
time—from the Big Bang to black holes, the
latest missions to the planets, and the origin
and fate of life and intelligence in the universe.
Cox offers a fascinating insight into the workings
of nature at the most fundamental level.
Tickets $50–$60. California Theatre, 345 S.
First St., San Jose. 408/437-4450.
Debbie Gibson, May 29, SAP
Center, San Jose