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Arts & Entertainment - November 3, 2010

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On Stage

"The Drowsy Chaperone." Woodside Community Theater presents the Bay Area Community Theater premiere of "The Drowsy Chaperone." Oct. 29-Nov. 7, 8 p.m. $22 adults $20 senior $15under 18. Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. www.woodsidetheatre.org

"Amadeus." Rivalry and revenge reverberate on stage in Menlo School's collaborative production of "Amadeus." Did an envious musician murder the genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or not? Find out from the actors as they perform in between live orchestral, choral and ballet sequences. Nov. 4-6, 7:30-10 p.m. 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 6. Students $7, adults $10. Florence Moore Theatre, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-330-2001 ext. 2333. tickets@menloschool.org

Art

Sharon Spurlock will have a show entitled "The Grammer of Childhood" on display Nov. 1-Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m. Free. Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, 392 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-5281. sharonspurlock.com

"A Grand Adventure", featuring photographer Brandy Brune (Grand Canyon) and "Journey In" featuring oil paintings by Elizabeth Noerdlinger (Iceland and Cape Cod), through Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-710-1018. themaingallery.org

Chiaroscuro Woodcuts from 16th century Italy. Drawn entirely from the collection of Kirk Edward Long, this display traces the evolution of thematic and compositional styles in Italy from the High Renaissance through Mannerism. Through Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

SMCGS Fall Seminar. Using and interpreting records in genealogy research; four lectures presented by Michael John Neill author of "Casefile Clues." Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. $38. Menlo Park LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-306-3423. www.smcgs.org

Employment Roundtable, targeted at workers over 40, will feature five to seven employers on a panel. Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-midnight. Free. East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650-321-7712.

Author & Career Consultant Nancy Anderson discusses why finding the right niche is the work of the second half of life and the steps that lead to career satisfaction. Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Feldenkrais classes are intended to help participants improve flexibility, coordination and strength. Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon. $40 members/$45 nonmembers (4 classes). Little House fitness room, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-327-9419. www.Umovebetter.com

Flickr. Learn how to open a new account, upload photos, organize and edit uploaded photos, add description to photos, perform simple searches, print and save photos. Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Folk Dance Class. Marcel Vinokur teacher. Mondays. Beginning teaching at 7:30 p.m., Intermediate teaching at 8, Request dancing after 8:45 p.m. No partners necessary. Featuring dances from the Balkans and Israel. Free refreshments. 7:30-10:15 p.m. $7 drop ins. Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-32-0759.

The College Admissions Process. David Miller, Director of College Counseling at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. Nov. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-725-2540.

Clubs/Meetings

Blacksheep Handweavers Guild is a nonprofit organization that promotes the exchange of ideas and knowledge in textile arts. Group meets on the third Thursday of the month. 7 p.m. $5 donation (non-members). Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-592-2435. www.blacksheepguild.org

Rose Gardens of Paris. Take a tour of three famous rose gardens in Paris as Consulting Rosarian Vivien Bronshvag and PRS member Jim Crowther present a slide show and commentary of their recent visits to the Bagatelle Rose Garden, Roseraie du Val-de-Marne a l'Hay-les-Roses, and the artist Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny. Nov. 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. peninsularosesociety.org

Concerts

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: "Four Seasons." Local violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock and the orchestra perform a program of Baroque concertos featuring Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Nov. 9, 8-10 p.m. $25-85. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-252-1288.

Quartet Rouge in Concert. An all-girl band from Oakland turning their 18th century instruments into drums, bass, guitar and voice. Nov. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15, $10 (students/seniors), $5 under 12s. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-854-6555. stbedesmenlopark.org

Kids & Families

Children's Theatre presents "Cinderella." Nov. 3-13, 7 p.m. $8-$12. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-4930.

Portola Valley Library Infant Storytime. Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for infants 0-18 months old. Mondays, Nov. 1-29, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Portola Valley Library Toddler Storytime. Songs, stories, and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. For toddlers 18-36 months old. Tuesdays, Nov. 2-30, 10:30-11 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Toddler Time Storytime. Stories, songs and more for children ages 18-35 months. Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Et Alia

Be a Go-to Grandparent Whether You're Near or Far. Menlo Park Library presents, Donne Davis, founder of the GaGa Sisterhood, a social network where grandmas bond, brag, and benefit, on Sat., Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512. www.menloparklibrary.org

Gypsy Jazz at Café Zoe. The Hot Club of Palo Alto plays a set of acoustic swing jazz that traces its roots straight back to 30s and 40s era swing music and musicians like Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Charlie Christian, and Eddie Lang. Sundays through Nov. 21, 1-3 p.m. Free. Café Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-1926. hotclubpaloalto.com

Friends of the Woodside Library Book Sale. Huge sale of everything from bestsellers to foreign language books, children's stories to cookbooks. Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Photographer Frances Freyberg specializes in portraits of people, nature, and architecture from around the world. A reception will follow a slide lecture and discussion. Her photographs will be on display at the Atherton Library through December. Reception Nov. 3, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Author Mark Christensen discusses "Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD, and the Politics of Ecstasy," a candid biography chronicling the life and times of cultural icon Ken Kesey from the 1960s through the 1980s. Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park. Experienced birders will show close-up views of different birds of water and land. Bring binoculars or share. Families welcome. Meet along the entrance road. Heavy rain cancels. Nov. 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, end of Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-7841. friendsofbayfrontpark.org

Divorce/Relationship Recovery. Small group discussion follows the evening video or speaker presentation. Free child care provided based on arrival by 7:40 p.m. Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Garden Court, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. mppc.org

Early Memory Loss Wellness program. A program for people experiencing changes in memory or mild cognitive impairment is offered on Wednesdays. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $20 per class. Rosener House, 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park,. Call 650-326-2025. www.penvol.org

Audtions: Peninsula Women's Chorus, a Palo Alto based ensemble performing classical and contemporary music, is holding auditions for experienced singers Nov. 8 and 11 and by arrangement. All voice parts considered. www.pwchorus.org

Thursday Evening Dance. Fox Trot, Waltz, Polka and more every Thursday evening. Light refreshments will be served. Come alone or bring a partner. Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. $7 per person. PV Inc Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025. www.penvol.org

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