Oshman Family JCC Gala Benefit Concert. Branford Marsalis Quartet. 6 p.m. May 1. Preceded by cocktail buffet. Dessert reception follows. OFJCC Shultz Cultural Arts Hall, Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, 921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $250. www.paloaltojcc.org/artsbravura. 23rd Annual Authors Salon. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 4. Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. Moderated by Paul Goldstein. Authors include Margaret George, Tracy Guzeman, Dr. Susan Shillinglaw and Ron Hansen. $125. Email Cathy Duhring at email@example.com or call 650-326-0665. ext. 238.
The show runs through March 24; the public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, Jan, 17 from 5 to 7 p.m, in the gallery, 522 Center St, in Moraga’s Rheem Shopping Center, Gunn, a classical pianist, fuses musical and artistic principles — texture, tone, and color — in her oil paintings, Tarzier, renowned for both bronze sculptures and painting, teaches at the Academy of Art University and at Oakland’s Studio One Art Center, Fifteen gallery member artists will also have paintings, photographs, 6 cabochons ballet shoes flat back glue (3 rose-3noir) - scrapbooking, jewelry, 25 x 20 designs. ceramics, jewelry and finely-crafted woodware on display..
Saved by the Max recreates the look and feel of The Max, a popular hangout on the ’90s teen sitcom, complete with neon signs, upholstered diner booths and vintage arcade games. As people enter the space, they step into the halls of Bayside High School, with trophy cases and a row of red lockers devoted to the show’s high school characters. Each locker displays items that recall famous moments on the show, such as the crutches used by Lisa Turtle (portrayed by Lark Voorhies) after she sprained her ankle before the dance contest.
A Tribute to Barbara Brenner, 6 cabochons ballet shoes flat back glue (3 rose-3noir) - scrapbooking, jewelry, 25 x 20 designs. In memory of lawyer, women’s rights advocate and health-care activist Barbara Brenner, Barbara’s life partner Susie Lampert, UC Berkeley professor Rachel Morello-Frosch, San Francisco Department of the Environment grass roots outreach coordinator Pauli Ojea: and editor Barbara Sjoholm share “So Much to Be Done: The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner.” 7 p.m, May 25, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, Free, 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net..
“Doing ‘A Chorus Line’ is how I got my union card,” she said. “The odds of getting something at open call if you’re not Equity are really stacked against you. “Who knew? My open door. Boy, did I run through it.”. Her performance career gave her the opportunity to watch Stephen Sondheim work, which proved a big influence for her. Working on a show, “We had a day we called ‘vocal cleanup,’ that Stephen would conduct. I came in and sat through everybody, watching everything he did.