Arts & Entertainment - February 24, 2010

Around Town: Art in Action benefit set for March 9 in Menlo Park

Sculptor Bruce Beasley will be the guest speaker at "Atelier d'Artistes," a luncheon hosted by Art in Action and to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

Mr. Beasley's sculptures are displayed at the Olympic Park in Beijing, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University, the Djerassi Foundation, the United Airlines terminal in San Francisco International Airport, and many other locations.

"Atelier d'Artistes" will also feature seven local artists who will be painting on site and offering their work for purchase. They are Kathleen Christman, Melinda Cootsona, Jim Garrison, Kim Holl, Janet Martin, Judy Vartan and Alice Weil. Student artists from Henry Ford Elementary School in Redwood City will take part in a painting project.

The luncheon will honor Dick Sperisen, coordinator emeritus for arts education for the San Mateo County Office of Education, for his more than 50 years of creating art programs for students.

Karen Canty of Atherton is chairman of the event benefiting Art in Action, which educates school-age children on the great masters of arts and encourages them to paint their own masterpieces.

Tickets to the March 9 benefit are $75 per person. For reservations, call 566-8339, ext. 200.

Seaside Singers at The Sequoias

The Seaside Singers of Pacifica and the Friday Mornings Ensemble will present a program of vocal and instrumental music at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Hanson Hall at The Sequoias in Portola Valley.

The music will range from 16th century madrigals and British and American folksongs to George Gershwin and Dave Brubeck. The singers will be accompanied by recorders, dulcimers and percussion. The program is free and open to the public.

The Sequoias is located at 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley. For more information, call 851-1501.

Talk on history of Hoover Library

Nick Siekierski will outline the history of the founding of the library of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and highlight some famous "treasures" from its archives at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Fireside Room at Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

Mr. Siekierski is the exhibits and outreach archivist at the Menlo Park Library. His presentation is inspired by the current archival exhibit on display at the Hoover Institution, where photographs, posters, documents, books, and memorabilia mark the institution's 90th anniversary.

The free program is supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free van service to the program is available for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities. To schedule transportation, call 330-2512.

Poker tournament

The Men Associate Members of Allied Arts Guild will hold a poker tournament from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Sunset Room of Allied Arts Guild.

Men and women of all skill levels, 21 or over, are welcome to attend. Donation is $50. All gaming will be for prizes only.

Proceeds go toward care for children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Tickets are available by registering online at

Sculpture tours

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will begin taking reservations for its five director tours and six of its two-mile tours of the facility in Woodside on March 10.

The director tours, led by Director Dennis O'Leary, typically last about four-and-one half hours and visit more than 25 sculptures. Cost is $40 per person. The two-mile tours visit about 20 sculptures and are free. Both tours are strenuous and include steep uphill and downhill hiking.

For tour reservations and more information, call 747-1250. Tour dates and information are posted at


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