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BOTTOM: THE ISRAEL MUSEUM, JERUSALEM, BY MAURO MAGLIANI
An Irish Christmas. Dec. 20, 7 p.m.
This spirited Celtic celebration of
Christmas sizzles with superb dancing,
singing and traditional Irish music.
Featuring an award-winning cast of
Irish dancers led by Caterina Coyne
(principal dancer Riverdance), Connor
Reider (principal dancer Celtic
Fyre, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, The
Chieftains), and world champion Tyler
Schwartz, this event offers an evening
of joy, hope and laughter. Tickets
$25-$60. Mountain View Center for
the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.,
Mountain View, 650/903-6000.
Erykah Badu. Dec. 28, 8 p.m. Best
known for her eccentric style and cerebral
music, is a four-time Grammy
Award-winning American soul singer
and songwriter. Regarded as the “First
Lady of Neo-Soul” or the “Queen of
Neo-Soul,” Badu’s new album, “New
Amerykah, Part II: Return of the
Ahnk” showcases her signature cool
concoction of soul, hip-hop and jazz
that cannot be contained to a single
genre. Tickets $75-$199.50. The Warfield,
982 Market St., San Francisco. 415/345-0900.
When Doves Cry, the Prince Tribute Show.
Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. This lovingly performed
Prince Tribute Show features a dedicated and
multi-talented band that puts the integrity of
the artist’s music above all else. Ring in the
new year under a spell of “Purple Rain” and
get your throwback thrills dancing “like it’s
1999.” Ticket prices vary. Fox Theatre, 2215
Broadway, Redwood City. 650/369-7770.
A Conversation with Edith Head, Dec. 7–16, Pear
Classical Pianist Kate Liu. Jan. 12, 7:30
p.m. A fan favorite wherever she goes, international
pianist Kate Liu won third prize and
Best Mazurkas at the 17th International Fryderyk
Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw,
Poland. An informative introduction to the
music precedes the concert, and a meet-theartist
opportunity follows. Tickets $40-$60.
Trianon Theatre, 72 N. 5th St., San Jose. Free
parking is available directly across the street in
the City garage. 408/990-0872.
Ordinarius. Jan. 17, 8 p.m. This mega-hot
Brazilian group is anything but ordinary. Covering
both national and international popular
songbooks, Ordinarius breathes new life into
Brazil’s most beloved songs, along with classics
from pop icons such as Stevie Wonder
and The Beatles. The group’s vibrant harmonies,
tropical rhythms and engaging stage presence
have made them a hit at music festivals
everywhere. Tickets $30-$35. Oshman Family
JCC-Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian
Way, Palo Alto. 650/223-8649.
Kat Edmonson. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Critically
acclaimed vintage pop singer/songwriter Kat
Edmonson has played major stages around
the world, appeared in major motion pictures,
performed on radio and television, and
released three groundbreaking albums to date.
The genre-defying artist appeared in Woody
Allen’s 2016 period film “Café Society” as a
1930s jazz singer. Edmonson’s live performances
are hailed as intimate and intoxicating.
Tickets $34-$38. Montalvo Arts
Center, Carriage House Theatre,
15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
Symphony Silicon Valley: Brahms
& Dvořák. Jan. 19, times vary. Pianist
Jon Kimura Parker is famed for his
out-sized technique A masterpiece of
musical contrasts, Brahms’ concerto is
filled with lyrical interludes, including
an extended cello solo. Dvořák’s symphony
follows, inventive but gentler,
almost idyllic, and irresistibly tuneful.
While he wrote it, Dvořák himself
marveled “melodies simply pour out
of me.” Tickets $50-$94. The California
Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose.
JACK Quartet. Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Deemed “superheroes of the new
music world” (Boston Globe), the
JACK Quartet is focused on the
spread of new string quartet music.
Get to know violinists Christopher
Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist
John Pickford Richards and cellist Jay
Campbell in an intimate evening in Tateuchi
Hall. Free. Community School of Music and
Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue
Synagogue. Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m. Cantor Azi
Schwartz is a world-renowned vocalist and
recording artist whose music reaches Jewish
and interfaith audiences. Since 2009, Cantor
Schwartz has served as cantor at Park Avenue
Synagogue, the largest conservative community
in New York City. Joining Cantor Schwartz
is Park Avenue Synagogue Music Director
Colin Fowler on piano. Tickets $40-$60. Oshman
Family JCC-Schultz Cultural Arts Hall,
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 650/223-8649.
Celtic Sands. Jan 22, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy
the lively sounds of the fiddle and the driving
rhythms of the guitar; be seduced by the
alluring mystical strains of the Celtic harp.
The versatile members of Celtic Sands play a
mix of harp, twin fiddles, guitar, piano, Irish
whistle, wooden flute and Irish frame drum.
Tickets $20. Oshman Family JCC-Schultz
Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Twenty years ago, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
swung onto the scene with their throwback hit
“Zoot Suit Riot.” They haven’t slowed down
since, and their signature swing sound is just
as infectious today as it was in the “roaring
’90s.” Tickets $44-$40. Fox Theatre, 2215
Broadway, Redwood City. 650/369-7770.
Black Violin. Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Since their start
over a decade ago, viola player Wil B and violinist
Kev Marcus have performed an average
of 200 genre-shattering shows a year—including
President Obama’s Inauguration and three
Super Bowls and have collaborated with the
Theatre, Mountain View
Veiled Meaning: Fashioning
Jewish Dress, from the
Collection of The Isreal Museum,
Jerusalem, through Jan. 6, The
Contemporary Jewish Museum,