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Added THU, AUG 13TH 2015

Meg Waite Clayton on
women, journalism,
& World War II

Meg Waite Clayton

Join us for a literary lunch on Thursday, September 24, from 11:30am-1:30pm in the historic Villa as bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton discusses her ambitious new novel The Race for Paris.

Author and moderator Katherine Maxfield will ask Clayton about the unique opportunities and challenges of writing historical fiction as well as the fun and frustration of the publishing process. 
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and lunch with wine will be included in your ticket price.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Clayton has penned five novels including the popular The Wednesday Sisters. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Palo Alto and Santa Barbara, California.

"The Race for Paris" by Meg Waite ClaytonThe Race for Paris

“A must for World War II buffs and fans of sharp, boundary-busting female characters.”—
Kirkus Reviews

More than 15 years in the making, The Race for Paris is inspired by stories of real women who defied military regulations, circumvented gender barriers, and risked their lives to document the 1944 liberation of Paris from the Nazis.

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August 13, 2015

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non-profit organization
dedicated to the arts.

Lewis Black is angry about stuff

Lewis Black

Notoriously irate comedian Lewis Black arrives for a hilarious performance in our outdoor Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre on Thursday, September 10, at 7:30pm.

Black is the longest-running correspondent on The Daily Show, having recently made an appearance for host Jon Stewart's final episode. His segment "Back in Black" delves into political and social issues from the perspective of an angry everyman. With a full night of stage time at his disposal, don't expect him to hold anything back!

Click below to get your tickets today—and when you purchase, be sure to add Dining on the Terrace, our delicious pre-concert meal catered by Cafe Primavera. It's a great way to start your Montalvo evening as the sun sets over the Villa and Great Lawn.

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And check out the remainder of our 2015 Summer Concert Series, featuring shows by Kacey Musgraves, Dave Koz, and Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell.



See new work,
meet the artists
at Open Access

Imin Yeh, "Paper Power" (2015)

Don't miss Montalvo's next fun and fascinating art party, an Open Access event on Friday, August 28, from 6-9pm featuring new work created by current Lucas Artist Fellows:

  • Project-based artist Imin Yeh leads a tour of her new work Paper Power, a site-specific installation of electrical conduits and fixtures made entirely out of white paper located in one of Montalvo’s cottages.

  • Artist and anthropologist Fiamma Montezemolo discusses her latest work, and explores the relationship between ethnographic research and how she approaches art-making.

  • Composer Joel Phillip Friedman describes the creative process behind some of his most well-known compositions.

Beer, wine, and food will be available for purchase. So come hungry, bring your walking shoes, and be ready for a fabulous evening!

Tickets are just $10 (free for Montalvo members: just RSVP with Chris Wilcox); click the button below to purchase or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Open Access is better with friends, so add yourself to our Facebook event and invite your favorite people!

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Open Access


at a glance:

Wed, August 19
Summer Luncheon

Tue, August 25, 6-8pm
Montalvo Summer Nights: Monotype Printmaking LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

Wed, August 26, 1pm
Summer Luncheon SOLD OUT!

Fri, August 28, 6pm
Open Access: Artist Fellows Present New Work

Wed, September 2, 7pm
The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue 

Thu, September 10, 7:30pm
Lewis Black

Fri, September 11, 7:30pm
Dave Koz & Rick Braun

Thu, September 24, 11:30am
Writers Series: Meg Waite Clayton

Sun, September 27, 2-4pm
Mindful Ikebana: The Peaceful Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

By Appointment:

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours



Art on the Grounds: Metaphoric States: Five Bronze Works by Stephen De Staebler

In Cottage 2:
Paper Power


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Photo credits (from top): Ron Leckie / Bahara Emami / Michele Guieu / Cameron Hockenson / Adrienne Defendi / Imin Yeh