February 2012 Event Calendar

Andy Warhol Image of Elizabeth Taylor

Andy Warhol, Liz, 1964, color offset lithograph, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Museum Purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. © 2011 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Pop Icons: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein | Now through February 26

This is an impressive exhibition of iconic masterpieces by Pop Art legends Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Large-scale works on paper from the 1960s-70s have been amassed from the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and private collectors. Location: MMA La Mirada, Monterey CA. http://www.montereyart.org/

Femme Fatale – February 3 – March 17

Femme Fatale is a seductive and haunting exhibition exploring the complexities of femininity. Monochromatic sculptures, installations, paintings, and photographs subtly and thoughtfully reference domesticity, social constructs, and the feminine experience. This exhibition features the work of Bay Area artists Jody Alexander, Connie Begg, Victoria May, Stephanie Metz, and Sylvia Min. February 3rd – March 17th; Opening Reception with the Artists: Friday, February 3, 7 to 10pm ; Panel Discussion with the Artists: Sunday, March 11, 2pm, Reception with Artists 2/3: 7pm-10pm, Panel Discussion with Artists 3/11: 2pm Admission: Free Gallery Hours: Thurs: 12pm-4pm, Fri: 12pm-6pm and Sat: 12pm-4pm, Location: Works/San Jose, 365 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113  www.workssanjose.org

Asian Masters Encounter the Western Tradition – Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival | February 4

A master showcase: Yuan Sha, Kazue Sawai, and Ji Aeri join forces with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jindong Cai, to perform three concertos written for gu-zheng, koto, and gayageum. Also on the program is Prokofiev’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring 2011 Stanford Concerto Competition winner Nathan Cheung as piano soloist. A pre-concert discussion with conductor Jindong Cai and guest artists will take place at 7:00 p.m. Organization: Stanford University Department of Music, Location: Dinkelspiel Auditorium – Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford 94305 Ticket Information: General $10 Student $5 Free for Stanford students with ID Senior $9 Info: 650-725-2787      

Lunar New Year | February 4

Enjoy this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon! Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, Martial Arts, Kids Arts & Zodiac-Themed Crafts, Food, Inflatable Playland and more! The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asian heritage, often celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods, and displays of festive decorations – all focused on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the imminent arrival of spring. 11am-4pm. Location: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City94063. Free event. www.redwoodcity.org

Teatro Vision: Solitude

National Tour production by Latino Theater Company | Los Angeles, California

Teatro Vision Present The Labyrinth of Solitude | February 9 – 12

Teatro Vision proudly brings to San Jose, SOLITUDE, an original play by Evelina Fernandez and directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela. Inspired by Mexican novelist Octavio Paz’s landmark work, “The Labyrinth of Solitude.” Described by the Los Angeles Times as “swelling with art, heart and high style…it’s heartfelt emotional core, coupled with Valenzuela’s superb staging, make SOLITUDE a shared pleasure.” SOLITUDE weaves Octavio Paz’s nine essays about Mexican thought and identity into a story of secrets, laughter and explosive mambo. On the day of the historic Los Angelesmarch of one million in support of immigrant’s rights, Gabriel brings home old friends after the funeral of a mother he hasn’t seen in twenty years. Confessions and rancheras fan old flames as old friends find their way towards a new future.SOLITUDE, which premiered in the Fall of 2009 at the Los AngelesTheaterCenter, won the L.A. Times Critics Choice and was nominated for an Ovation award. Location: Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, 1700 Alum Rock, San José, CA95116. http://teatrovision.org/teatrohome/?page_id=2

The Vagina Monologues | February 9, 10, 11

The play has received rave reviews inSan Francisco,Los Angeles and New York. Written by Eve Ensler, the “Vagina Monologues” tells the stories of a variety of women, their connections with each other and with the world. CSUMB’s production is student-run, student-directed and features student actors.The funny, serious and enlightening play explores new and interesting viewpoints for both men and women. $15 tickets. Location: CSUMB World Theatre http://worldtheater.csumb.edu/

Valentine’s Passport 2012 | February 11

Welcome to the sweetheart of all wine tastings! The twelve artisan vintners along Monterey’s River Road Wine Trail want to share the love! Receive a souvenir glass, entry into a grand drawing, special discounts fun, food, and celebration all things amour. Each winery will be hosting their own wine and food pairing, specifically to suit the love surrounding Valentine’s Day 11am – 4pm. Location: River Road Wine Trail, Salinas Valley http://www.riverroadwinetrail.com/events.php

AB 540 Summit | February 11

The AB 540 summit will provide information to students, parents, and faculty information pertinent to those served by Assembly Bill 540. There will be topics and speakers sharing on understanding immigration law, how to support undocumented students, legislation updates, knowing your rights, and also there will be financial aid support and scholarships offered. 8:30-4:00 in CSUMB student center, Monterey http://eosp.csumb.edu/dream-act

Andy Warhol’s “Kitchen”: A screening of Warhol’s rarely seen video art piece | February 12

The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) will present a screening of Andy Warhol’s video piece, “Kitchen” on Sunday, February 12, 2012, 2:00 pm at MMA La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. The event is free with Museum admission. This screening is being held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Pop Icons: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, which is made up of large-scale works on paper brought from the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art, Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, as well as private collections. Location: Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada, 720 Via MiradaMonterey http://www.montereyart.org/

How to Speak Up Without Freaking Out – Workshop | February 8

Concerned about an upcoming interview? Anxious about being asked to provide your thoughts during a meeting? Fearful of being required to give a presentation? Many people are uneasy about speaking in public. In fact, The Book of Lists identifies speaking in front of others as Americans’ number one fear. Come hear Matt Abrahams, author of Speaking Up Without Freaking Out: 35 Techniques for Confident, Calm, and Competent Presenting, deliver a workshop designed to provide you with several practical techniques you can use to manage your speaking anxiety. Matt Abrahams received his undergraduate degree in psychology from StanfordUniversity, his graduate degree in communication studies from the Universityof Californiaat Davis, and his secondary education teaching credential from San FranciscoStateUniversity. Matt is considered a passionate, collaborative, and innovative teacher who teaches group, interpersonal, and business communication as well as public speaking at Stanford University, Palo Alto University, and De Anza College. He is especially interested in applying communication knowledge to real-world issues.He has published several research articles on cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication. Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions at several software companies, were he created and ran global training and development organizations. In addition to his teaching and research activities, Matt is co-founder of Bold Echo Communication Solutions, a successful presentation consulting and coaching practice. 7pm. Location: Kepler’s Book, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park 94025. Ticket Information: $10  Information: 650-324-4321 or service@keplers.com

Are You Worth It? – Author Talk by Constance Chapman | February 9

An international workshop leader and counselor, Constance Chapman, M.A. is the author of the acclaimed, innovative book Am I Worth It? How to Turn Doubt into Yes Forever. Tonight, learn how self-doubt interferes with attracting love into your life, discover three secrets to overcoming the root cause of self-doubt, and find out what you can do to keep doubt from sabotaging your dreams. “If your dreams have been dimmed by feelings of not being good enough, this is essential,” says Marcia Weider, CEO/Founder ofDreamUniversity. 7:30pm Location:  East West Bookstore,324 Castro Street,Mountain View94041. Ticket Information: Free; call to reserve a place. www.eastwest.com

Carlos Mencia | February 9 – 11

Carlos Mencia, superstar and stand-up comedian, is undoubtedly one of today’s most lauded entertainers and feared comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, or nationwide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a diverse audience. Thurs: 8pm, Fri, Sat: 7pm & 10pm. Ticket Information: $30 Two-item minimum Ages 21+  Location: Improv Comedy Club, 62 S 2nd Street, San Jose 95113. www.improv.com

Valentino for Valentine’s Day – Silent Films | February 11

Rudolph Valentino returns to the Niles Essanay screen for Valentine’s Day with Vilma Banky as his romantic interest in his great and final film, Son of the Sheik (1926).A trio of George Melies shorts will precede the feature film–Jupiter’s Thunderbolts (1903), The Mermaid (1904), and The Magic Lantern (1903)–along with the short The Man from Tia Juana (1917) featuring Marin Sais and Jack Hoxie.This event is part of the Saturday Night at the Movies series, which features silent films with live piano accompaniment in the Museum’s Edison Theater. 7:30pm Ticket Information: $5. Location:Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum,37417 Niles Boulevard,Fremont94536. www.nilesfilmmuseum.org

Valentine’s Super Love Jam – Super Oldies | February 11

It’s super-love at the Valentine’s Super Love Jam! The lineup for this event is subject to change, but is slated to include The Delfonics, The Persuaders, Deniece Williams, Tierra, Evelyn Champagne King, MC Magic of NB Ridaz, Jo Jo, The Mary Jane Girls, Rene Y Rene, Sly Slick and Wicked, and Friends of Distinction. 7:30pm. Ticket Information: $27.50-$37.50 Location: HP Pavilion,525 W Santa Clara Street,San Jose 95113

Shark Days | February 11-12

This fun-filled weekend features shark and bat ray feedings, stories from our staff about sharks behind the scenes, and special programs and activities. “Sherman’s Lagoon” creator Jim Toomey will join us for a demonstration and book signing. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org

Los Boleros – World Music and Dance | February 11

Los Boleros returns for another evening of spicy, hot, Latin rhythms that are sure to set the place ablaze! In a time of modern music, Los Boleros stays true to the sound of an era when music was golden. Traditional Cuban son, cumbia, merengue, danzon, and bolero. Take a ride to the Buena Vista Social Club, and don’t miss the dance moves, spins, and passion like only Los Boleros can deliver. This group always packs the house so get your tickets early! Ticket Information: $12-$20. 7:30 pm Location: Pacifica Center for the Arts, 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica94044. http://www.pacificaperformances.org/

An Affair to Remember – Screening | February 12

Come watch a screening of this classic movie romance that inspired Sleepless in Seattle. This 1957 film version stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. 2pm Location: Heritage Theatre, 1 W Campbell Avenue, Campbell95008. Ticket Information: $5  http://www.cityofcampbell.com

Big Al’s Comedy Show | February 15

Big Al’s Comedy Show originated in the Bay Area, produced by the likeably funny Big Al Gonzales. The show features the best in Latino/Alternative comedy, seven years running. Big Al’s show has become one of the hottest in the Northern California comedy scene. Big Al started his comedy career doing improvisational comedy. His troupe (Big City Improv) was noted as Best Of  The Bay 2002, after which he broke away and went solo, doing stand-up comedy. He has performed on radio and television, and now performs monthly live shows from San Joseto Sacramento. 8pm. Ticket Information: $12 Two-item minimum Ages 21+ Location: Improv Comedy Club, 62 S 2nd Street, San Jose95113 www.improv.com

Fiesta Flamenca – Music and Dance Dinner Show | February 17

This evening of passion and fire features Emmy Award-winning dancer Yaelisa and the fabulous dancers, singers and musicians of Caminos Flamencos. Caminos Flamencos was founded by Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer Yaelisa. The mission of Caminos Flamencos is to create and present contemporary, traditional and theatrical dance programs showcasing artists fromSpain and the U.S., which reflect the changing face of flamenco in the 21st century. Their programs seek to preserve the legacy ofSpain’s rich artistic heritage, and bring them to people of all backgrounds, enriching the lives of people with Spanish and Hispanic ancestry, and of the community at large. Show: 8:30pm-10:30pm Ticket Information: $20-$25 Plus dinner or 2 item minimum Table reservations required. Dinner seating begins: 7pm Location: Angelica’s Bistro,863 Main Street,Redwood City94063 www.angelicabistro.com

Mardi Gras Celebration | February 18

The Mardi Gras Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 7:00 PM. The event will feature live music with the internationally renowned Persephone’s Bees, featuring former Montereyresidents, Tom Ayres and Angelina Moysov. Monterey CountyFairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA http://www.montereycountyfair.com/

Barbara Martinez Jitner | February 22

Barbara Martinez Jitner is one of the firstLatinaexecutive producers of a primetime network television series, the Emmy nominated “American Family.” She served as Executive Producer for the Jennifer Lopez film “Bordertown” which was based on Martinez Jitner’s experiences posing as a factory worker on the U.S.-Mexico border in order to uncover a dark world of grueling poverty and sexual abuse in the town of Ciudad Juarez, where over 450 women were murdered.The film “Bordertown” will also be screened on the day prior to this lecture, on February 21st at 7pm free of charge at The World Theater. Barbara ill speak at 7:00pm. Event is free. Location:World Theater,Cal State MontereyBay http://worldtheater.csumb.edu/presidents-speaker-series

Vagina Monologues, February 24 – 26     

7th Annual V-Day Hartnell College & Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues ::  $15 admission benefits the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. http://www.mtryrapecrisis.org/

CINEQUEST Film Festival | February 28 – March 11

Showcases premiere films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators and innovators. Select movie theatres through out the Bay Area. http://www.cinequest.org/indexCQ.php

Rosa Louca – Silvia Poloto Exhibition | February 25 – May            

Brazilian-born Silvia Poloto is an accomplished artist working in a range of visual disciplines. She is known for her lively, abstract canvases and mixed-media sculptures.Recognized for her dynamic compositions and color sensibility, Poloto exploits a vibrant visual vocabulary of boldness and subtlety. Her deftly handled juxtapositions unfold in rich, textured hues and expressive gesture. The result is a body of work characterized by equal amounts of surprise, playfulness, and provocation. Her aesthetic choices engage the viewer on a visceral level.While the Bay Area is her current home, her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including United Arab Emirates, France, Spain, Jordania, Italy, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, and China, among others. In the Bay Area, her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Italian American Museum, and the DeYoungMuseum, where she was an artist-in-residence. Tues-Sat: 11am-5pm Sun: 12pm-4pm. Reception 2/24: 7pm-9pm. Ticket Information: Free. Location:TritonMuseum of Art,1505 Warburton Avenue,Santa Clara 95050 www.tritonmuseum.com