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Concerts

'Musical Enchantment'
This concert celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month, entitled "Musical Enchantment: Fairy Tales, Fantasy and More," will include music by Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy on the piano, violin, viola, cello and clarinet. Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m. $20 general; $15 senior (age 62 and over); $10 student (21 and under); $5 child (5 and under). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

Dennis Kucinich on 'The National Security State'
Dennis Kucinich, eight term Ohio Congressman and a strong peace advocate, will give a talk called "The National Security State and its Insane Building for More War," in which he will discuss the U.S.'s latest escalations in Iraq and Syria. Oct. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Global Family Day
This Palo Alto Art Center event will celebrate the city's diverse local community. Geared towards children ages 5 and up, the event will include hands-on activities and performances, including a dance by Xpressions at 4 p.m. Oct. 19, 2-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Art, Wine & Silent Auction fundraiser
This fundraiser for Project WeHope and Heart and Home Collaborative, two Palo Alto homeless shelters, will include a silent auction of art, a weekend trip, collectibles and more; hear from the organizations; and enjoy light food, wine and drinks. Those interested should RSVP at the website. Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Albany Consort's Big Band Bash
This Albany Consort performance will include Vivaldi's "Autumn," a Bach birthday cantata and a Bach harpsichord concerto. Oct. 19, 4-6 p.m. $30 general; $20 senior; $10 student. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
 

Concerts

Master Sinfonia Concert 1 in Los Altos
Maestro David Ramadanoff will conduct Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra's first concert of its 2014-15 season. The performance will include Jeremey Cavaterra's "Monterey Suite," Frederic Chopin's "Andante Spinato and Grand Polonaise Brillante" with Daniel Glover on piano and Erno Dohnanyi's "Variations on a Nursery Song." A free reception with the artists will be held after the concert. Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m. $15-$25; free for youth under age 18. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
 

Community Events

Parent's Nursery School Carnival
The Parents Nursery School will transform its grounds for its annual fall carnival, organizing entertainment, games and prizes for the whole family. Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Parent's Nursery School, 2328 Louis Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

St. Lawrence String Quartet
The St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford's resident chamber group, will perform a Stanford Live concert in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The program will include pieces by Haydn and Schubert, as well as the premiere of "Swallow" by Jonathan Berger. Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m. $30-$75. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

Lectures & Talks

Solidarity work in El Salvador talk
St. Albert the Great Church will host its partners from Voices on the Border talk about solidarity work being done in El Salvador, where adults and children face dislocation, gang violence and exploitation. Oct. 19, 4-6:30 p.m. $20 adult, $5 child suggested donation (no one turned away). St. Albert the Great Church, 1095 Channing Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

Fall Poetry Series
The Poets Three -- Jym Marks, Leah Lubin and Gary Horsman -- will lead an afternoon of spoken word at the 4141 El Camino bar, joined by a number of guest readers. Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m. Free. 4141 El Camino, 4141 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Jack and the Beanstalk'
Palo Alto Children's Theatre will give three interactive performances of "Jack and the Beanstalk" suited to children ages 3 to 6 and their parents. Local high school students will make up the cast of these approximately 45-minute shows. Oct. 18, 10 a.m. and noon; Oct. 19, noon. 10 a.m.-noon. $10 child; $12 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Teen Activities

A Theatre Near U filmmaking workshops
A Theatre Near U will offer weekly workshops for artists ages 13 to 18 to learn film directing and acting by studying the masters and then working with peers to create films of their own. Sundays, Oct. 12-Nov. 23, 2-5 p.m. $300 filmmaker class; $150 film actor class. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road , Palo Alto.

Dance

Intro to Modern Square Dancing
These three free sessions in October will teach singles, couples and families the basics of modern square dancing. No previous experience is necessary. Sundays, Oct. 5-19, 7-9 p.m. Free. Fairmeadow School, 500 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Woodside Pumpkin Festival
The second annual Woodside Pumpkin Festival will bring together a variety of festive family activities, including pumpkin decorating, a haunted house, pony and carriage rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and more. The event is sponsored by the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County. Oct. 12, 18 and 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Mounted Patrol Grounds, 521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside.

Film

Silicon Valley African Film Festival
This fifth annual showcase of films will share stories, hopes and dreams from the African continent. The festival will also include conversations with filmmakers, an awards ceremony, and African drumming and dance. Visit the website for schedule. Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m.; Oct. 18 and 19, 11 a.m. $15-$35. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Art Galleries

Accent Arts Mask Show
This October Accent Arts will have on display in its Alley Gallery its second annual mask contest and show. Oct. 4-25, 10 a.m. Free. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Il Trovatore'
West Bay Opera will stage a production of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, "Il Trovatore," a gripping drama set in medieval Spain. Performances will include lavish costumes, video-enhanced sets and a cast with soprano Cynthia Clayton, tenor James Callon, baritone Krassen Karagiozov and mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston. Oct. 17, 19, 25 and 26, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Film

United Nations Association Film Festival
With the theme of "Bridging the Gap," the 17th annual United Nations Association Film Festival will screen 70 documentaries from around the world meditating on such topics as human rights, the environment, migration, women's issues, refugees, racism, health and more. See website for complete schedule. Oct. 16-26. Prices vary. Locations in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and San Francisco, see website for specific show locations, times and prices., .

On Stage

'Zoppe - An Italian Family Circus'
This one-ring circus held in an intimate 500-seat tent will feature Nino the clown, acrobatics, equestrian stunts and more, all woven into a central story. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 10-26, see website for specific showtimes. $10-$25. Circus Tent - Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
 

Food and Drink

Woodside Farmers' Market
The weekly market features organic fruits and vegetables, farm eggs, nuts, dried fruits, honey, olive oil, local seafood, oysters, handmade sausages, vegetarian salads and entrees, organic pasta and sauces, nut butters, vegan cheeses, jams and pickles, bakery and crafts. Sundays, April 6-Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Woodside Farmers' Market, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Exhibits

Pop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

Accent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Metal and wire artists show
Artists Linda Tapscott of Portola Valley and Tom DeHoog of Woodside will team up for an exhibit of their artwork made from non-traditional materials. Oct. 1-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory School, Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Art Galleries

'Explorations in Color'
An exhibit composed of mixed-media watercolor paintings by Rosemarie Gorman will be on display at Gallery 9. Sept. 30-Nov. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

On Stage

'The Woman In Black'
Dragon Productions will stage a production of "The Woman in Black," an adaptation of Susan Hill's horror novella in which a traumatized man enlists a young actor to help exorcise the ghost of the Woman in Black. Oct. 10-Nov. 2, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Sweeney Todd'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," in which the titular hero takes revenge on a cruel judge with the help of meat-pie cooking Mrs. Lovett. Oct. 8-Nov. 2, see website for specific dates and times. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Film

2014 CreaTiVe Awards Call For Entries
CreaTV San Jose has made a call for entries for its 2014 CreaTiVe Awards, for which filmmakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz can submit videos and TV shows for competition in ten categories. The submission period ends on Nov. 15, finalists will be announced on Dec. 8, and winners will be declared on Jan. 10. Oct. 8-Nov. 15, $30 per entry per category. CreaTV San Jose, 255 W. Julian St., San Jose.

Art Galleries

'Pomegranate Art' by Linda Tapscott
The Oshman Family JCC will have on display pomegranate wire mesh sculptures by Linda Tapscott in the Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Bay Area and Beyond' by Denise Natanson-Marcus
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of oil paintings on canvas by local artist Denise Natanson-Marcus, whose work depicting natural scenes is influenced by contemporary realism and Impressionism. Sept. 30-Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Solid Start Club
This group for engaged and newly married couples in their 20s and 30s meets weekly to focus on developing Christ-centered marriages. Group members also participate in community service projects and social activities. Sundays, Oct. 5-Nov. 30, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, D Building, 1177 University Drive, Menlo Park.

Exhibits

'Sympathy for the Devil'
As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Family and Kids

'Seeing with a New Eye' toddler and parent course
Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer Parenting with Heart eight week classes for toddlers and their caregivers. This fall's introductory class called "Seeing with a New Eye: Observation and Rhythm" will help parents and caregivers learn about and guide their children. Other sessions will be held in the winter and spring. Mondays, Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. for toddlers 12-24 months; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. for 24-36 months. $320. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'I'll Show You Mine'
The Palo Alto Art Center will have on display an exhibit called "I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture," made up of pieces in a variety of mediums by 12 contemporary audiences. Sept. 27-Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

DayOne Baby classes
DayOne Baby, with a new store in Palo Alto, has a wide offering of classes for expecting and new parents and their children, newborn to 24 months old. Available courses include Breastfeeding; Musical Play; Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me; Messy Play; Infant, Child, and Adult CPR; Potty Training; and more. Year-round, see website for specific class info. Prices vary. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Tied House NFL 2014 Season
To celebrate the San Francisco 49ers football season, on Sundays Tied House will offer beer and drink specials, including 49-cent half pints and its signature Bloody "Hail" Mary. Sundays, Sept. 7-Dec. 28, 9:30 p.m. Prices vary. Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe, 954 Villa St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 130 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank's book, "The Americans." His images document subjects including Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Museum of American Heritage: A to Z'
The exhibit, "Museum of American Heritage: A to Z," will show off the breadth and depth of the museum's collection of electrical and mechanical inventions -- including some objects rarely shown to the public. Oct. 10-March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will examine about the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century and art theory. Oct. 8-March 22, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson'
The Cantor Arts Center will host an exhibit of unconventional clay sculptures by Robert Arneson, who frequently used himself as a subject throughout his more-than-40-year career. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'The Bay Area and Beyond'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display a long-term exhibit of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the Bay Area. Works will include pieces by artists with Stanford connections, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.