Saratoga Weekend Planner: Jan. 24-27

Montalvo Arts Center and South Bay Musical Theatre won't disappoint those looking for good, quality entertainment.


Montalvo Arts Center presents "Happiness Is" an exhibit featuring the work of artists Susan O’Malley, Leah Rosenberg and Christine Wong Yap at 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Project Space Gallery, 15400 Montalvo Rd. The women explore the age-old question: How do we cultivate happiness? The exhibit continues through April 14 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.


South Bay Musical Theatre presents Promises, Promises every weekend, Friday through Sunday, beginning Saturday, Jan. 26 and continuing through Feb. 16 at the Saratoga Civic Center Theatre, 13777 Fruitvale Ave. The musical is based on the book by Neil Simon and the screenplay The Apartment by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. Promises is the tale of a nice guy in a world where niceness goes unnoticed and unrewarded … or does it? Set in New York City in the 1960s, the story centers on young Chuck Baxter, eager to succeed in the corporate workplace. The senior executives start to notice Chuck, but for the wrong reason: his nearby Manhattan apartment is the perfect spot for their trysts. As Chuck advances, his office romance with Fran Kubelik begins to blossom, and the two stories eventually collide. The lovely score includes songs that have become pop music hits like Promises, Promises, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again and Knowing When to Leave. Join us for this smart, funny and romantic delight! Purchase tickets by clicking here.


Throughout the 1960s and '70s, some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, better known simply as "Motown." The Montalvo Arts Center presents Masters of Motown, a celebration of these artists 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Carriage House Theatre. The show goes beyond the music to preserve the integrity of the entire Motown experience, and authentically reproduces the choreography, style, and sensibility that went on to profoundly influence rock 'n' roll and American popular culture. RSVP on the Facebook event page. Tickets are $48/$43; members: $43/$39.


Celebrate the centennial of the historic Villa at Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd. at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Learn about Senator Phelan's country home, built in 1912, his colorful life and celebrated friends, the arts center as it was then and now, and more. Free for Montalvo members and a guest; $10 per person for non-members. The two-hour walking tours are led by trained volunteer docents. Space is limited and reservations are required two business days in advance by calling the Montalvo Box Office at 408-961-5858 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Recommended for ages 12-plus.


Sheila Sanchez January 24, 2013 at 06:14 PM
OMG ... I left out SJWS! I love the San Jose Wind Symphony! It's performing “True Colors” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at the McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave. in Saratoga. Featuring acclaimed pianist Avguste Antonov and Edward C. Harris is conducting. Antonov will perform George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue.
Sheila Sanchez January 24, 2013 at 06:17 PM
OK, I also have to plug the Masters of Motown concert! Who doesn't love the music of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes! I'm so there!


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