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Arts & Entertainment - August 20, 2014

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Classes/Workshops

Fall acting classes Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory offers classes this fall for adults and children to learn theater skills. Classes for adults will be taught by Rick Lombardo, former artistic director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, and will begin Sept. 15. Classes for children (ages 4 to 18) will begin Sept. 1. $225-$285. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-8282, ext. 105. www.pvtc-ca.org

Community Events

A Taste of Egypt This Mediterranean and Egyptian festival will have a variety of food and pastries, art, a bazaar, Arabic music, face painting, games and a bounce house. Aug. 23-24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Archangel Michael & St. Mercurius Coptic Orthodox Church, 401 Hudson St., Redwood City. Call 510-827-2440.

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts Aug. 23 and 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. University Avenue, Palo Alto. Call 324-3121. www.mlaproductions.com

Art

'Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson' Cantor Arts Center hosts exhibit of unconventional clay sculptures by Robert Arneson. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu

'Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin and the Underworld' As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. events.stanford.edu/events/390/39043/

Pop Art from SFMOMA To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu

Kids & Families

Imagination Playground Party Portola Valley Library hosts an event with Imagination Playground blocks. People of all ages are welcome to play and build with these safe, oversized blocks. Aug. 21, 5-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Jump for Joy Music will hold a musical program with a variety of instruments and humor that celebrates reading, music and the arts. Aug. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Science Club: Optical illusions Participants, ages 5 and up, create optical illusions and conducting color experiments. Contact library to register. Aug. 20, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

On Stage

'Moonlight and Magnolias' A play that dramatizes the making of the film "Gone with the Wind," during which the producer David O. Selznick fired his director and hired a screenwriter who didn't know the book. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 14-Sept. 7, 8 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006 ext. 2. www.dragonproductions.net

'War of the Worlds' Stanford Repertory Theater re-creates Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds." Aug. 14-23, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $25 general; $15 student/senior. Old Union, Nitery Theater, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-725-5838. www.stanford.edu/group/repertorytheater

Religion/Spirituality

Lifetree Cafe conversation Lifetree Cafe in Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations called "What Ancient Practices Can Teach Us About Religion." Aug. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Aug. 21, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP

Retreat for families, friends of alcoholics Aug. 22-24, 4 p.m. on Friday til 1 p.m. on Sunday. $350 private room; $300 double room. Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614. www.vallombrosa.org

Talks & Authors

'Modernism' docent lecture Jim Kohn, a docent from San Francisco's de Young Museum, will provide context and comment on the visiting exhibit, "Modernism from the National Gallery of Art." Accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, his talk will cover many of the 50 works (including pieces by Lichtenstein, Johns and Rauschenberg) in the exhibit, which will be at the de Young until Oct. 12. Aug. 30, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

3D Printing Demonstration The Portola Valley Library will hold a demonstration event for its new MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer, which can create real objects from a digital model. Attendees can touch samples and ask questions. Teens and adults can sign up to be trained to use the printer. Aug. 21, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Daniel J. Levitin, author and neuroscientist, will discuss his book "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload," which shed lights on how the brain responds to many activities, including listening to music and handling many details. Aug. 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. keplers.com/event/daniel-j-levitin

Melissa Hart discusses her book, "Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family," in which Melissa, a young divorcee in Oregon, is invited by a man named Jonathan to retrieve 600 pounds of frozen rats and a young owl in Portland. Aug. 24, 2-3 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. keplers.com/event/melissa-hart

USGS August Evening Public Lecture Michael H. Carr, U.S. Geological Society planetary geologist, will give a talk called "Exploring Planets: A personal retrospective of the first 50 years." Topics will include the canyons, volcanoes and floods on Mars; methane rivers on Titan; the existence of extraterrestrial life; and why and when there will be human missions. Aug. 28, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5136. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar

VC Taskforce: Pitch! Pitch! Pitch! This event will allow entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in the style of American Idol, with some going on and others being eliminated. Aug. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $5 to participate. Hogan Lovells US LLP, 4085 Campbell Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-776-1040. vctaskforce.com/content/view/1224/

Et Alia

Horse Show San Mateo County Horsemen's Association holds its Open English/Western Show. Aug. 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $15/event. The Horse Park, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-3020. smcha.org

Tinkering Teens: Cookin' with Christie This event at the Portola Valley Library will teach teens (6th grade and up) how to make three healthy snacks. To register, contact the library. Sept. 3, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Movies on the Square: 'The Monuments Men' A star-studded platoon is sent by Franklin D. Roosevelt to rescue artistic masterpieces in Europe during WWII. Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/movies.html

Music on the Square: Boys of Summer Tribute band performs a set of Eagles' classic rock. Aug. 22, 6 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html

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