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Arts & Entertainment - August 14, 2013

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Special Events

Artistry in Fashion The Canada College fashion department hosts its 22nd annual "Artistry in Fashion," a shopping extravaganza that features 60 designers selling clothing, jewelry and other fashions. Visitors can also tour the fashion department's open house from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 entry donation, free parking. Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650 306-3370. www.ArtistryinFashion.com

Senior Showcase Information Fair Little House is hosting a Senior Showcase with more than 40 exhibitors from all over the Bay Area offering services, giveaways and information. There will be goody bags, refreshments, blood pressure screening, "Ask The Pharmacist" and more. Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-344-5200. www.smdailyjournal.com/seniorshowcase/

Menlo Park Summer Concert Series The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, will perform as part of the 2013 Menlo Park Summer Concert Series in the park. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and blanket for the outdoor performance. Free. Aug. 14, 6:30-8 p.m. Fremont Park, University & Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2220. http://www.menlopark.org/departments/com/2013ConcertSeriesAd.jpg

Talks/Authors

Bay Area Backroads' Doug McConnell Little House is hosting Doug McConnell, the host of Bay Area Backroads, the television series that ran from 1993-2009 on KRON TV. He will share his adventures discovering Bay Area places and people and give tips on local places to explore. Aug. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10. Little House Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/contact.cfm

Litquake Palo Alto 2013 Litquake is a festival of books, ideas and community hosted by the Oshman JCC. There will be a variety of salons on topics from thrillers to Silicon Valley non-fiction. Aug. 18, 2 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-223-8700. www.paloaltojcc.org/events/2013/08/18/community-events/litquake-palo-alto-2013/

Tracy Guzeman in conversation with Ellen Sussman Tracy Guzeman's "The Gravity of Birds" is part mystery, part psychological drama and part love story. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/tracy-guzeman-conversation-ellen-sussman

YA Event: 'Crown of Midnight' Sarah J. Maas discusses and signs her new novel about 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien. Aug. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/ya-sarah-j-maas

Art Galleries

'Hercules: Renaissance Hero' With images by Albrecht Durer, Hendrick Golzius and 12 of their contemporaries, this exhibition illustrates how Renaissance artists imagined Hercules, a mythical Greek demigod endowed with exceptional strength. Wednesday through Sunday until Nov. 24, 11 a.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. events.stanford.edu/jse/jsp/search.jsp?oe=en&qor=&q=hercules

Classes/Workshops

'California Apricots: Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley' Little House hosts Robin Chapman, author of the new book "California Apricots -- the Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley" as she explores the history of California apricot orchards, which long dominated life in the Santa Clara Valley. Aug. 27, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $3. Little House Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/contact.cfm

Skype: Online Video Conferencing The Woodside Library hosts a workshop on Skype. Learn how to open a free account, set up your equipment and software, make simple conference calls over the Internet, create and maintain a contact list and use other provided features. Aug. 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Community Events

Portola Valley Farmers' Market Thursdays, 3-7 p.m., 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.portolavalleyfarmersmarket.com

The Mountain Goat Farmers' Market, held in front of the Skywood Trading Post. Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m., 17285 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. www.mountaingoatfarmersmarket.com

Woodside Farmers' Market Sundays, noon-4 p.m., Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.woodsidefarmersmarket.com

Concerts

Generation Esmeralda , featuring original lead singer Jimmy Goings, performs tributes to the music of "Santa Esmeralda," who did disco remakes of the 1960s hits such as "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "House of the Rising Sun." Aug. 17, 8:30 p.m. $20 general admission. Angelicas, 863 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-365-3226. www.angelicasllc.com/entertainment.htm

Music on the Square: 'Love Fool' is a live show performing hits from the 80s, 90s and today. Supported by KOIT 96.5FM. Aug. 16, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html

Exhibits

'From Fiber to Fabric: A History of American Textile Production' Exhibit on the history of textile production in the United States from the homespun of colonial times through mass production in the industrial age. Artifacts and textiles illustrate the story of wool, linen and cotton from cultivation to finished cloth. Open through Aug. 18, Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org

Kids & Families

'Paws for Tales' On the fourth Saturday of each month, children ages five and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Help improve reading skills and build reading confidence. May 25-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time "Baby Bounce and Rhyme" combines singing, dancing, reading, and playing. This program is specifically for babies ages 0-18 months (although older children are welcome too). May 7-December 17, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Summer Reading Program Children, teens and adults can participate in the Summer Reading Program at the Atherton Library. The theme is "Reading is Soooo Delicious!" Read and participate in raffle drawings. The program is during library hours until Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Film

Family Movie Night This month's family movie night film at the Atherton Library is "Ratatouille." With dreams of becoming a chef, a culinary genius in the form of a rat makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famed French restaurant. "Ratatouille" is rated G. 111 min. Follows the end of the summer reading picnic. Aug. 23, 7-9 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Movies on the Square "The Croods" is a prehistoric comedy that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Aug. 15, 8:15 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/movies.html

Live Music

'Kidchella' - Andy Z & The Andyland Band Redwood City is offering a new music series this year especially for kids: Kidchella. This kid's rock series will feature live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on certain days throughout the summer. On Aug. 18, Andy Z and the Andyland Band will be the featured performers. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/kidchella.html

Music on the Square: 'Journey Revisited' A Journey tribute band will perform as part of Redwood City's "Music on the Square" summer concert series. Aug. 23, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html

Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina Portola Vineyards' concert series continues with the contemporary Brasilian, Caribbean and Latin jazz of Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina. The vineyard will serve its Santa Cruz Mountains pinot and invites attendees to bring a picnic. Aug. 18, 5:30-7 p.m. $8 adults, $4 children, plus ticketing fee. Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley. www.eventbrite.com/event/6825420015?ref=ebtnebtckt

On Stage

'Happy Days' Stanford Summer Theater presents Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," directed by Rush Rehm, with Courtney Walsh, and Don Demico. Sundays, Aug. 15-25, 2-3:45 p.m. $25 general admission; $15 for students and seniors. Nitery Theater, Old Union, 514 Lasuen Mall, Building 590, Stanford. www.stanford.edu/group/summertheater/cgi-bin/sst/tickets

'Happy Days' Stanford Summer Theater presents "Happy Days" by Samuel Beckett. Thursday--Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Aug. 15-25. A post-show discussion follows Sunday matinees. Purchase tickets online. $25; $15 students and seniors. Nitery Theater, Old Union, Stanford University, 514 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-725-5838.

Shakespeare in the Park: 'Macbeth' The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings its performance of "Macbeth" to downtown Redwood City for three weekends in August. Saturday performances: Aug. 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances: Aug. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. 2 p.m. Free. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/stage.htm

Volunteers

Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula New Member Open Houses JLPAMP membership is open to all women over 21. The Junior League is holding open houses for perspective members on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse, 555 Ravenswood Ave. , Menlo Park. www.thejuniorleague.org/join

Et Alia

Peninsula Rose Society Meeting Jolene Adams, president of the American Rose Society and a writer and lecturer on roses, will discuss and give a slide presentation on classic rose shrubs at the next meeting of the Peninsula Rose Society on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-363-2062. www.peninsularosesociety.org

Tai Chi The Woodside Library hosts a tai chi class in its native plant garden (weather permitting). Instructor Ben Dineen leads this 60-minute class, which is open to all ability levels. July 26-Sept. 27, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside . www.smcl.org

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