VHS TAPES NEEDED ... Got dusty VHS tapes taking up space on the shelf? The Palo Alto Art Center wants the tapes for artist-in-residence Cristina Velazquez's large-scale, densely knit sculptures, which transform trash into art. Velazquez will work with the community to unravel the unwanted tapes and knit them together in unusual knitting circles. The knitted tapes are turned into sculptures, which will be displayed at the art center sometime in late September. Donated VHS tapes can be dropped off at the art center at 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, during regular hours, Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Velazquez is scheduled to be in residence at the art center Sept. 11-Oct. 7. Tapes that might have historical content can be donated to the Palo Alto Historical Association. For information on how to donate historical items, go to pahistory.org.
LAST CHANCE ... There's still time to catch a few exciting shows before they close. Stanford Repertory Theater's reenactment of Orson Welles' radio play, "The War of the Worlds," continues through Aug. 24, with remaining performances Friday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. Shows are at the Nitery Theater on the Stanford University campus. Thirty Douglas Brett sculptures are on display in the show "Primordial Beings" through Aug. 26 at the Oshman Family JCC, Taube Koret Campus, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. For more information go to paloaltojcc.org. Three shows at the Pacific Art League, at 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto, will end on Aug. 28: BAYcentric, works reflecting the Bay Area experience; Smith Andersen Editions prints on loan; and Mobile Art Expo. For information, go to pacificartleague.org.
BALLET EXPANDED ... The Pacific Ballet Academy will hold an open house on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its expanded campus. The ballet academy has added a new studio, and the open house introduces students of all ages to its programs, which are taught by former professional dancers from New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater and others. The event takes place at 295 Polaris Ave., Mountain View. For more information call 650-969-4614 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.