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Arts & Entertainment - November 20, 2013

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Special Events

Parent Education Event M-A High hosts parent education event, "Under Pressure: Helping Your Teen Find Balance, Reduce Stress, and Build Resilience," a talk by Lisa Medoff, a specialist in child and adolescent development. Nov. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-868-0590. www.sequoiadistrict.org/mahs

San Mateo County History Makers Dinner The San Mateo County Historical Association will honor William K. Bowes, Jr., Reid W. Dennis, William H. Draper and F.P. "Pitch" Johnson for their work in venture capital in the Bay Area. Nov. 21, 6-9 p.m. $175. Hotel Sofitel, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City. www.historysmc.org

On Stage

'November': Play by David Mamet Dragon Theatre Productions is performing "November," a comedic commentary on the state of the union and national politics. Nov. 21-Dec. 15, Thursday-Sunday. Thursdays-Saturdays: 8 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. $10-35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006 ext. 2. www.dragonproductions.net/activities/2013season/november.html

Portola Valley Theatre: 'Persephone' The Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory performs a new play with music, "Persephone." Based on the myth, the play includes dance, poetry, and puppetry along with jazz, bluegrass and hip-hop music. Nov. 7-23, Thursday-Sunday, 7:30-9:15 p.m. $15-100. Lane Family Theatre, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-8282 ext.105. www.pvtc-ca.org

Priory Theater: 'Macbeth' Priory Theater presents a science-fiction tilted version of "Macbeth," with light-swords, aliens, futuristic robots, starships and Shakespearean language. Nov. 21-23 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. $5 students; $15 adult. Woodside Priory School - Rothrock Performance Hall, 301 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-6102. www.priory.ticketleap.com/macbeth

Lectures & Talks

Janet McGovern: 'Caltrain and the Peninsula Commute Service' The Menlo Park Historical Association hosts guest speaker Janet McGovern, author of "Caltrain and the Peninsula Commute Service," who will talk about the history of the rail line. Light refreshments will be served. Nov. 24, 2-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Public Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2522. www.sites.google.com/site/mphistorical

Mitch Albom, author of "Tuesdays with Morrie," will discuss his new book, "The First Phone Call from Heaven." Nov. 20, 7 p.m. $20-40. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/461887

Community Events

Lifetree Cafe Conversations: 'Forgiving the Unforgivable' Lifetree Cafe in Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring forgiveness and discussing the story of Louis Barrios, who publicly forgave his mother's murderer. Nov. 21, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP

Thanksgiving Dinner at Little House Cafe Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/

Concerts

Sinfonietta Fall Classic Concert Camilla Kolchinsky leads the El Camino Youth Symphony Sinfonietta Orchestra in its Fall Classic Concert, featuring student soloists Meghan Leong and Alvin Kao and works by Haydn, Rossini and Davidoff. Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $8 students and seniors. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. www.ecys.org

The Fab Four: A Tribute to the Beatles Nov. 30, 8 p.m. $40-$50. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.foxrwc.com

Dance

Western Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker Children from Western Ballet in Mountain View will perform parts of this holiday classic. Children can come in their pajamas and enjoy hot chocolate. Nov. 25, 7-7:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Family and Kids

Bilingual Storytime at Portola Valley Library Parents can introduce their babies to Spanish with stories, songs and rhymes. Mondays, Nov. 18-Dec. 16, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Finger Knitting Workshop This Woodside Library workshop will teach participants how to knit using their fingers. Make an accessory (bracelet or armband) to take home. Ages 7+. Sign up is required. Nov. 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Frosty the Snowman at Portola Valley Library Visit the library and see Frosty the Snowman come to life in this show by ventriloquist Tony Borders. Nov. 20, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Mothers Together Mothers Together is a women's community/religious group that offers Christ-centered support for women in their roles as mothers, wives, daughters and friends. Childcare available. Sept. 10-Dec. 10, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $10 suggested donation for childcare. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. www.mppc.org

Toddler Storytime and Craft at Portola Valley Library A special craft activity follows Toddler Storytime on the third Tuesdays of the month at the Portola Valley Library. Nov. 19-Dec. 17, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Live Music

Redwood Symphony: 'The Planets' "The Planets" by Gustav Holst, a full orchestra work, will be presented by the Redwood Symphony. The program also will include Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 23," with soloist Jeffrey Jones, as well as Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" and Scott's "Powerhouse." Nov. 23, 8-10 p.m. $10-$30. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. www.redwoodsymphony.org

Et Alia

Fresh Takes National Youth Filmfest Nov. 22-23, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $10.80-$46 Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.foxrwc.com

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