If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2019 Almanac Online <![CDATA[West Bay creates magic with Verdi's 'Foscari']]> There are many reasons to recommend seeing West Bay Opera's staging of Verdi's rarely performed "I due Foscari," but the extraordinary talent of the lead singers soars above all else.]]> <![CDATA[On thin ice]]> Few films have ever kept it simpler -- in terms of plot and character -- than "Arctic," a calling card from Brazilian YouTube sensation and first-time feature filmmaker Joe Penna. Granted, the 19-day shoot in Iceland probably wasn't very simple, but this showcase for Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen features almost no dialogue in its single-minded focus on a trek toward survival.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford presents 'Michael Richards: Winged']]> "Michael Richards: Winged" is a somber tribute to a young artist whose life ended too soon but who left behind a powerful and important body of work that is as relevant today as it was in 2001.]]> <![CDATA[Theater companies announce next seasons]]> TheatreWorks Silicon Valley this week announced the schedule for its 2019-20 season, it's 50th and the final season with founder Robert Kelley at the helm of the venerable professional theater company.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo School songwriter earns national honor]]> Leo Jergovicís songwriting journey may have begun just one year ago, but his foundation as a musician has been years in the making. ]]> <![CDATA[Another brick in the wall]]> If you have a kid who loved "The Lego Movie," it's certain they'll like "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." And not just because kids like most any movie you put in front of them. Care has gone into making this sequel a worthy direct follow-up to the 2014 film that kicked off Lego as a film franchise.]]> <![CDATA[Art from above]]> The Palo Alto Art Center is pondering the cosmos with its current exhibition, "The Sheltering Sky," which incorporates the work of 18 sky-gazing artists in a variety of media.]]> <![CDATA[Another fine mess for 'Stan & Ollie']]> "Stan & Ollie" focuses on the classic comedy duo's tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland in the early 1950s during a time when their fame is in decline. Jeff Pope's script wisely begins by introducing beanpole Laurel (Coogan) and portly Hardy (Reilly) in their prime, on the set of 1937's "Way Out West." ]]> <![CDATA[Entering the Dragon]]> This year, with founder Meredith Hagedorn having stepped down at the end of 2018, Dragon productions Theatre Company will be led by the husband-and-wife team of Bora "Max" Koknar and Alika Spencer-Koknar. ]]>