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On StageComedians at Red Rock
On Valentine's Day weekend, Bay Area comic Kevin Wong will host a special night of comedy that will include variety of performers who have appeared at the Punch Line, Cobbs, San Jose Improv, Tommy T's and the SF International Comedy Competition. Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.
The Portola Valley Library's Lego Club invites all ages to use their imaginations in building with provided Legos. Duplo blocks will be available for younger builders. Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Community EventsChinese New Year celebration
The Stanford Shopping Center will celebrate Chinese New Year with live entertainment by the US Chinese Dance Association, a special appearance by Godiva Chocolatier and three craft activities at the Center Pavilion. Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsWinter to Spring Plant Clinic
The UCCE Master Gardeners will offer an important plant clinic -- complete with personal consultations -- on preparing gardens for spring. Topics covered will include readying for spring planting, coping with frost damage, using compost and what should be planted at this season. A rose expert will be on hand. Feb. 13, 9-11 a.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'Here Comes Valentine Cat' Storytime
At this Books Inc. Mountain View event, Auntie Dori will lead a special Saturday storytime to celebrate Deborah Underwood's new picture book "Here Comes Valentine Cat" -- which features a cat who isn't a fan of Valentine's Day. Feb. 13, 4-6 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
ConcertsSan Jose International Piano Competition Recital
This event will include performances by two talented young California pianists, Ryan Wang and Jessica Li, who have received numerous awards and honors. Attendees will also learn about the San Jose International Piano Competition, and there will be a Q&A session. Feb. 13, 2-3 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Health'Brain Attack: What You Need to Know'
In this free program presented by the Menlo Park Library, an educator from the Pacific Stroke Association will discuss stroke risks and prevention methods. Free refreshments will be available, courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsZoom In Video Production Workshop (Feb. 13-28)
Offered by the Midpeninsula Media Center, this 16-hour intensive video workshop will cover all aspects of creating a digital video, including using a camera, lighting, audio, producing, editing, uploading to YouTube and producing a DVD. Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Feb. 14, 2-5 p.m.; Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $180. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsRose Care and Pruning
Master Gardener Kathleen Heckler will lead a free workshop on taking care of roses, in which she will review types of roses and identify tools and techniques for care and pruning. Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsIntro to Mixed Media
This Community School of Music and Arts introductory class for ages 8 to 13 will allow students to try out collage, sculpture and more over the course of six sessions. All materials will be provided. Saturdays, Feb. 13-March 19, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $120. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Teen ActivitiesIntro to Drawing
The Community School of Music and Arts will lead a six-week course for teens on beginning drawing techniques. Students will explore different materials, as well as learn composition and observation methods. All materials will be provided. Saturdays, Feb. 13-March 19, 3:30-5 p.m. $120. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
ConcertsCSMA piano students recital
The Merit Scholar students of Ludmila Kurtova, a distinguished teacher at the Community School for Music and Arts, will perform music by various composers in this annual concert. Feb. 13, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Family and KidsChildren's Story Time
Local preschool teacher Carolyn Soroka will lead a Children's Story Time event at BookBuyers in Mountain View. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
On StageComedian Hari Kondabolu
In collaboration with the Stanford University Center for South Asia, EnActe Arts will present a Valentine's Day special program featuring the acclaimed Brooklyn-based comedian Hari Kondabolu. Feb. 13, 6 p.m. $10-$100. De Anza College, Visual & Performing Arts Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.
ConcertsStanford Philharmonia Winter Concert
During these two concerts, Anna Wittstruck will conduct the Stanford Philharmonia in a program including Beethoven's "Die Geshopfe des Prometheus" (Op. 43), Saints-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor featuring Niuniu Teo on piano, and Brahms' Serenade No. 1 in D Major (Op. 11). Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14, 2:30 p.m. $20 general; $15 senior; $10 student; free for Stanford students with ID. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
Family and KidsFriends of the Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next monthly sale of thousands of gently used books and media. On Saturday, the children's room and bargain room will open early, at 10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively -- with the main sale room opening at 11 a.m. On Sunday, the bargain room will be 50 percent off, or $5 per bag. Feb. 13, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"'
In the Palo Alto Children's Theatre production of "Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are in a Play,'" the titular heroes -- with the help of backup singers The Squirrels -- will lead the audience on a madcap musical romp about friendship. Visit the website for specific showing times. Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 28-Feb. 14. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin'
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will kick off the New Year with the regional premiere of a new work by performer and playwright Hershey Felder, in which he inhabits the persona and story of "America's Composer," Irving Berlin. See the website for specific times, dates and pricing. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 13-Feb. 14. $25-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" examines the 17th-century French artist's experimental work in the medium of printmaking. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 26-Feb. 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Los Altos Stage Company's first production of the year will be "Middletown," a modern-day take on Thornton Wilder's classic "Our Town" that offers an offbeat exploration of life's beauty and difficulties. There will be no shows on Feb. 7 and 10. Jan. 28-Feb. 21, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $30 adult; $18 student (under age 18 or with ID). Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Winter Light'
The Main Gallery is offering a reflective art exhibit that incorporates the unique colors of the season through the work of 15 artists. Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 16-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.
Exhibits'Jasper Ridge Moments'
For this exhibition at Environmental Volunteers' EcoCenter, Dan Quinn shares a selection of his photography that captures his fascination and joy with the natural world -- specifically the plants and animals at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Nov. 30-Feb. 26, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Sharing Our World'
Gallery House will offer an exhibit called "Sharing Our World" of fine art works inspired by Silicon Valley life and world travel. It will feature contemporary acrylic and oil paintings by artists Charlotte Coqui and Isaias Sandoval. Feb. 2-27, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesOil paintings by Diana Jaye
This Viewpoints Gallery exhibition is showing off the virtuosic work of plein art artist Diana Jaye, including paintings of landscapes, cottages and clothed figures. Feb. 1-27, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Community EventsInterior Design Tours of Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford will hold pre-opening tours of its newly-constructed 52,000-square foot facility. As part of a year-long partnership with the San Francisco Design Center, 48 Bay Area designers have transformed the space into an oasis for families with critically ill children. Thursday-Monday, Feb. 13-28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $35 single ticket; $10 childrens donation. Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, 510 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'U.S. Drag'
Dragon Productions will bring to the stage "U.S. Drag," a black comedy by Gina Gionfriddo about two young women in Manhattan navigating life after college and their attempts to claim the reward money for information about a serial attacker. Feb. 4-28, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30 general; $25 senior, student. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City.
Gallery 9 presents works in different media by member artists, focusing on the symbolic meaning of the color red (particularly love) to celebrate Valentine's Day. Feb. 2-28, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
AuditionsEl Camino Youth Symphony 2016-17 Auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is holding auditions for its 2016-2017 Season. The organization has six orchestras ranging from the entry-level orchestra Chamber Players to the prestigious Senior Symphony, as well as other chamber music opportunities. Applications are due by Feb. 28, and auditions will be held in March and April. Until Feb. 28. $25 audition fee. , , Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesRecent works by Lorene Anderson
During the month of February, Bryant Street Gallery will present recent works by artist Lorene Anderson. Considering the idea of parallel universes, Anderson takes inspiration for her paintings from cellular structures, cosmos and diagrams of topology. Feb. 5-29, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday until 7 p.m. Free. Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Rodin en Blanc'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "Rodin en Blanc," a photography exhibit by Alan McGee of Portola Valley focusing on the lesser known marble and plaster works of Auguste Rodin, which McGee captured at the Musee Rodin in Paris and at Rodin's home and atelier. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 1-29, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Bugs and Blooms'
Caffe Romanza, located on the second floor of Books Inc., has on display the macro photographs of Heidi Baikie -- fine art digital prints that feature insects and flowers. Feb. 1-29, Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Caffe Romanza, 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Teen ActivitiesBlind Date with a Book
During the month of February, the Palo Alto Library will be offering a chance for teen readers to go on a blind date with a book. Visitors can check out a specially wrapped book from the Teen Zone, take it home and then rate it for a chance to win a prize. If it's not a great fit, teenagers can return it and try another one. Feb. 1-29, regular facility hours. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .
Family and KidsPalo Alto Little League Registration
Palo Alto Little League's Spring Baseball Season begins in February. Registration will continue until March 1, with wait-lists to begin on Feb. 1. A variety of divisions are offered for children spanning ages 5 to 13. Visit the website for more info. Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Prices vary. Palo Alto Little League, P.O. Box 785, Palo Alto.
Teen ActivitiesSimon Youth Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Simon Youth Foundation is currently accepting application for a scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior who lives within 50 miles of Stanford Shopping Center. Visit the website for more info and to apply. Jan. 20-March 1. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsPeninsula Women's Caucus for Art: 'Identity'
The Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art is holding an exhibit called "Identity," exploring the colors, icons, surroundings and culture that define its members. The work of nine artists is featured. Jan. 5-March 2, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.
Religion/SpiritualityLearn about Islam course
This public class, composed mostly of lectures, will provide an introduction to Islam, covering topics including the Quran, theology, Muhammad, Hadith, interpretation, sects, sharia, relations with other religions, history and modernity. Registration is requested. Saturdays, Jan. 16 and 30, Feb. 13 and 27, and March 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 five-class series. Ladera Recreation Center, 150 Andeta Way, Portola Valley.
Entitled "Double Exposure: Russia's Secret Police under the Last Tsars," this exhibit at the Hoover Institution features photographs, documents and artifacts from the records of the Paris headquarters of the Russian Imperial secret police, called the Okhrana. Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 29-March 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.
ExhibitsCantor Guides art tours
For a new Cantor Arts Center offering, Stanford University undergraduates will lead visitors on tours on Saturdays and Sundays, making stops at collection highlights and their favorite works of art. Tours meet in the museum's main lobby. Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 6-March 13, 4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Inside Each Moment'
This Community School for Music and Arts (CSMA) exhibition will feature paintings by artist, musician and CSMA faculty member Claude Ferguson. On Feb. 26, 6-8:30 p.m., there will be a reception with a musical performance by the Parhelion Ensemble. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 5-March 20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
AuditionsPACO audition registration
A Palo Alto-based award-winning youth orchestra, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) will hold auditions in April for its five ensembles, each of which has approximately 25 talented young string players. Those interested must sign-up before March 21. Visit the website for more info. Until March 21. $50. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Speed and Power'
The exhibit "Speed and Power" at the Cantor Arts Center looks at how artists have represented the impact of trains, planes and automobiles on modern life. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 2-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Beyond Space and Time'
The Oshman Family JCC has on display an exhibit of work by Chagit Ofir, a Bay Area-based artist who is inspired by her daily experience, family and friends, and Israeli history. Born in Israel, Ofir mainly works in the medium of oil painting, but she has recently branched out into sculpture. Dec. 7-March 21, regular facility hours. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
This diverse exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center -- composed of around 50 photographs, prints, artist books and historical ephemera -- captures the loss of those made missing by time, death, disaster, politics or artistic composition. Wednesday-Monday, Nov. 11-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Anderson Collection exhibit will include drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture by Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox, two Stanford University graduates whose work investigates process, material manipulation and chance. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsAdult School Winter/Spring Classes Registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School Winter and Spring classes began on Nov. 20. The winter session will run from Jan. 4 to March 18, and the spring session from March 21 to June 3. Visit the website or call for more info. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Word as Image'
In "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection," the Cantor Arts Center surveys the role of words throughout the history of art, sharing examples ranging from decoratively ornamented Quranic writings from the Ottoman Empire to 20th-century works referencing an emergent culture of mass production. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 16-April 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
DanceBayer Ballet Academy Boys Program
Bayer Ballet Academy in Mountain View is launching a new boys program, where students can take advantage of specialized boys-only classes with instructor Ivan Goliadin. Classes are held four days a week and are open to ages 8 to 18. Call the school to register for a free trial class. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 4-June 11. See website for pricing. Bayer Ballet Academy, 2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Bird in the Hand'
The Palo Alto Art Center's "Bird in the Hand" exhibition will showcase the fascinating and colorful world of birds through works by over 45 Bay Area and international artists. Jan. 16-April 10, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Fight the Bite'
The San Mateo County History Museum has an exhibit chronicling the fight to free the San Francisco Peninsula of mosquitoes, including a photo display commemorating the centennial of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District. Jan. 12-April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6 adult; $4 senior, student; free for children ages 5 and under. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
The Los Altos History Museum is currently offering an exhibit called "Spirits Return: Cultural Traditions Keeping Memories Alive," which gives a multicultural look at how communities remember their ancestors. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 29-April 17, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Exhibits'Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibition presents 12 ledger drawings by Red Horse, a Minneconjou Lakota Sioux warrior who fought against Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 16-May 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The exhibit "Showing Off: Identity and Display in Asian Costume" at the Cantor Arts Center looks at how costumes and other objects of personal adornment were used as forms of identification from the late 18th century to the present. Oct. 14-May 23, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Edward Hopper: New York Corner'
The Cantor Arts Center celebrates the major acquisition of Edward Hopper's seminal painting "New York Corner" with an exhibition with pieces preceding or contemporary to the work, centering on themes of modern urban life and realism. The exhibit will be closed Feb. 22-25 for updates. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
DanceFor the Love of Dance classes
A family-owned studio, For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance to students, beginning at age 2 up through adults, from Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Visit the website to learn about specific offerings. October through June. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Into the Forest'
The exhibit "Into the Forest: Landscape as Subject and Studio in 19th-Century France" includes 17 prints, drawings and photographs that focus on early approaches to making art "en plein-air." Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 2-July 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsMarine Science Camp Registration
The Marine Science Institute will hold several weeklong summer camps for budding marine scientists in kindergarten through 12th grade. In these hands-on programs, participants will experience marine life up close in a safe and fun atmosphere. Instructors lead explorations of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific coast, including a voyage about aboard the institute's ship during each camp. Visit the website to learn more about specific offerings and to register. Monday-Friday, June 13-Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
Exhibits'The Chinese Typewriter'
This exhibit entitled "The Chinese Typewriter: The Design and Science of East Asian Information Technology" shares historical artifacts from the collections of Stanford University history professor Thomas S. Mullaney and the school's East Asia Library. Jan. 20-Aug. 20, regular library hours. Lathrop Library, East Asia Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed'
This exhibition shares the Cantor Arts Center's recent acquisition of 29 sketchbooks of renowned Bay Area artist Richard Diebenkorn -- books never before studied or on view publicly that contain more than 1,000 drawings. The exhibit will be closed Feb. 22-25 for updates. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Figuration/Abstraction: Highlights from the Collection" presents dual installations that evidence a split between abstract and figurative styles that began in the early 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Nov. 11-Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Mining the Ancient'
The Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Mining the Ancient" showcases the work of six contemporary artists who draw inspiration for their work and sculptural practices from ancient sources. Oct. 14-Aug. 29, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
DanceSocial Ballroom Dancing
Social Ballroom Dancing takes place each Friday and Saturday evening at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson and followed by general dancing. No prior experience or partner are necessary. Dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-midnight $9 (for normal events). Cubberley Community Center, Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.