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  • Ives Quartet
    The Ives Quartet's musicians?violinists Bettina Mussumeli and Susan Freier, violist Jodi Levitz. and cellist Stephen Harrison?wash two intimate venues with unexpected selections. One of Haydn's famous Prussian quartets opens the program with rich interplay between instruments and instantly accessible melodies before Quincy Porter's String Quartet no. 6 spotlights a 20th-century take on the classical form. To help perform Tchaikovsky's energetic Souvenir of Florence sextet and feed the metronomes during the earlier pieces, violist and co-founder of the Moab Music Festival Leslie Tomkins wields her bow alongside guest cellist Tanya Tomkins of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
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    600 Colorado Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • TheatreWorks San Francisco
    Originally founded in 1970 to give high-school and college students a chance to hone their onstage skills, TheatreWorks dedicated itself early on to promoting new work that grappled with America's changing social landscape. Exploring the experiences of ethnic and cultural minorities, the group built a following throughout the subsequent decades, growing to its present size of 41 permanent staffers, an annual budget of $7 million, and 8,000 subscribers. Its New Works Initiative continues to seek out up-and-coming voices from around the country, helping new playwrights find their footing and prompting embittered older writers to test new pseudonyms.
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    1305 Middlefield Rd.
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • Palo Alto International Film Festival PALO ALTO
    Though the Lumière brothers and Thomas Edison are often credited with groundbreaking discoveries that paved the way for modern cinema, history sometimes leaves out a key player: photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Commissioned to find out whether horses lifted all four legs off the ground while galloping, Muybridge invented a device called the zoopraxiscope to display his photographed findings. His first zoopraxiscope screening was held in Palo Alto in 1879, making the city the birthplace of film. To honor Muybridge’s work, as well as the technological innovations bubbling throughout Silicon Valley, the Palo Alto International Film Festival was born in 2011. It focuses not only on new technology, but on breakthroughs in artistic expression, screening a collection of films from around the world. They range from major Hollywood releases, such as 2012’s Looper, to independent works, such as George Lucas’s home videos of himself practicing light-saber moves in his garage. Outside the theater, visitors can mingle at an array of talks, film workshops, and parties.
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    431 Florence St.
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • The Stanford Theater
    The Stanford Theater 1 screen 1925—the year it opened 1920–1965—cinematic era the theater focuses on 1,454—original seating capacity 1987—purchased by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 1992—celebrates 50th anniversary of Casablanca 3 partner archives: UCLA Film and Television Archive, Library of Congress, and George Eastman House 221 University Avenue—the theater’s longtime home
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    221 University Ave
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • CineArts at Palo Alto Square
    In Focus: CineArts at Palo Alto Square Number of screens: 2 Movies that are shown: a selection of indie and unusual films Refreshments: There’s an in-lobby café with snacks that you can take to your seat or the nest you’ve built in the theater’s ceiling. Other perks: reserved seating Help available for hearing-impaired guests: closed captioning, neck loops, and listening devices Help available for vision-impaired guests: descriptive narration devices Inside tip: Early-bird pricing is available for the first matinees on certain days.
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    3000 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • Aquarius Theatre
    By the Numbers: Aquarius Theatre 1969—the year it was built 1985—the year it was purchased by Landmark Theatres 2 specialties: independent and foreign language cinema 2 Hollywood heavyweights who showed their first pictures here: Director Francis Ford Coppola and Cinematographer Haskell Wexler 2 screens equipped with DLP Digital Projection and Sound 2 separate houses united by an underwater theme 1 primary color covering most of the street-facing facade: blue 430 Emerson Street 1 block from Stanford University
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    430 Emerson St
    Palo Alto, CA US

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