From Dizzy Gillespie to Ray Brown: Stanford Jazz Workshop celebrates 50 years

Founder Jim Nadel recounts the organization's rise from its humble beginnings as the Stanford Jazz Festival returns June 17-July 30. "That idea of a jam session and then another session to exchange ideas and info, that became the basis for what moved forward." Stanford Jazz Workshop artistic director and founder Jim Nadel. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Back in 1972, when Jim Nadel was a recent graduate jamming with friends at the ...

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Palo Alto art show channels parenthood (and Tiger King) to find meaning in quarantining

10 local parent-artists unveil their pandemic projects By Karla Kane Robin Mullery’s “Mama?” explores the heaviness of being a parent during a pandemic. (Photo by Karla Kane) “Holding it Together,” the playful-yet-poignant new exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center, is a collection of new works by artists that examine the experience of parenting during the pandemic in all its often chaotic, frustrating, humorous and sweet glory. The show is a reunion for Bay ...

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That higher calling: How Peninsula emcee Call Me Ace went next level with “Working from Home”

Local rapper tackles social justice, life-work balance, trying to stay optimistic and embracing uncertainty Call Me Ace, AKA Ace Patterson, headlining the Cornerstone in Berkeley in 2018. (Image via the Call Me Ace Facebook page) When Bay Area hip-hop artist Call Me Ace (Ace Patterson) titled his early 2020 project “Working From Home,” he couldn’t have known how prescient that name would become almost immediately following its release. The title was originally ...

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Art ‘from the heart’: Local muralist Jose Castro creates powerful protest imagery in Redwood City

North Fair Oaks artist’s downtown work will be preserved by city A view of Jose Castro’s recent Black Lives Matter mural—with a portrait of George Floyd at center—located at the entryway to the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. (Photo by Karla Kane) If you’ve been to downtown Redwood City recently, you’ve noticed the buildings around Courthouse Square covered with some striking public art and messages in support of social justice and the ...

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