Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble
The Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, turning 10 this year, will celebrate with an anniversary performance entitled "Acadia and other stories." Choreographer Natasha Carlitz grew up in Palo Alto and has many ties to the local dance community. "Acadia and other stories" is collaboration between Carlitz and composer Mike Coffin, with live music by Brilliante Strings. The "Acadia Suite" string quartet pays tribute to Acadia National Park in Maine, while the titular "other stories" include premieres of the orchestral "Present" and the solo "Icarus: Learning To Fly;" a new work by guest choreographer Helena Birecki; and more. Performances will be held Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. at Cubberley Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $15-$20. Go to Carlitz Dance Co..
The Menlo Park-based dance company Menlowe Ballet, which offers audiences a blend of classical, contemporary and cultural dance, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with "Tribute," a program featuring two world premieres, a signature revival and a classical work. Artistic Director Michael Lowe drew on his experience dancing with Oakland Ballet in two renowned productions of Ravel's "Bolero" to create "Tribute" (first staged by Menlowe Ballet in 2013). World premieres include "After Hours," set in a vibrant Shanghai nightclub on New Year's Eve, and "Portraits," celebrating accomplished women throughout history. Dennis Nahat also returns to present his version of the classical "Le Corsaire Pas de Deux." Performances will be held Nov. 3 (at 7:30 p.m.), 5 (at 2 and 8 p.m.) and 6 (at 2 p.m.) at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Tickets are $30-$60. Go to Menlowe Ballet.
Also celebrating a major anniversary is Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, marking five decades of lively Spanish dance and theater in the Bay Area. Theatre Flamenco dancers and musicians will perform at the Mountain View Center of the Performing Arts (500 Castro St.) on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. For its golden anniversary, the company will feature numerous special guests, including Pastora Galván from Sevilla and singer Juana la del Pipa from Jerez de la Frontera, and director Carola Zertuche will present both new and reprised works. Tickets are $48-68. Go to Theatre Flamenco.
California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Carnival
Kids can put on their costumes and celebrate Halloween a day early at the 22nd annual California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Carnival on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organized by Blossom Birth, the event will take place on S. California Ave. (between Park and Birch) and feature candy giveaways from 30 local businesses; performances by Andy Z, the Stanford Band, Dance Connection and School of Rock; a costume contest; Halloween photos; carnival games and crafts; story time from the Palo Alto Library; police and fire trucks for kids to explore; and an address by Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt. The event is free and suitable for kids ages 0-12. Go to Halloween carnival.
Meet Tony Foster
Painter and naturalist Tony Foster, whose work is collected and displayed by Palo Alto's Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation (940 Commercial St.) in a gallery that's normally only open by appointment, will be on site at an open house on Thursday, Nov. 3, 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to meet Foster, who's based in Cornwall, England, and ask him questions about his work. The event is free. Go to The Foster Gallery.