January 25, 2020: piano shootout Mona Golabek (TheatreWorks at MVPAC) VS Marta Sanchez ( Earthwise at The Mitch)

One is a one-woman show about a real-life story involving someone who fled the Nazis and then had a daughter or two daughters in the arts and probably cost 50 bucks for 90 minutes*.   The other is a piano – saxophone duo with a slightly younger and “ho”t in the sense of getting good reviews this year including top 10 in the New York Times pianist from Spain now living in New York City Marta Sanchez and there’s an opening act featuring another piano duo and it’s only 20 bucks and it’s probably two hours or more of music.

Marta Sanchez, jazz pianist from Spain and NYC

The Pianist of Willesden Lane (based on a book by the performer) at TheatreWorks MVPAC

note:  you probably cannot see both shows in one day but the theater work show which is recommendable is playing I think a total of 10 performances whereas Marta as a quintet has a couple other Bay Area plays plus Earthwise has Patricia Barbar trio another pretty competitive coup, February 13 Thursday at The Mitch and, in a new wrinkle, at Occidental Center for The Arts in Sonoma County on Valentine’s Day Friday, February 14. We then have Myra Melford group April 17, Friday, tickets on sale January 28.

Mona Golabek author and performer

*Actually $35-$100, but a quality production — really apple and oranges comparisons but I recommend all three events.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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