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Arts & Entertainment - January 11, 2012


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'The Pitmen Painters' TheatreWorks presents "The Pitmen Painters," a Lee Hall comedy-drama play about six 1930s miners who become stars of the art world. Jan. 21-Feb. 12, with afternoon and evening performances Tue.-Sun. $19 -$69. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Comedian Will Durst and friends will perform a night of political comedy. Jan. 13 dinner show 8:30-10 p.m. $20 at the door, $15 online, plus a dinner or two-drink/appetizer minimum. Angelica's Bistro, 863 Main St., Redwood City.


Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel The two humorists discuss and sign their new book, "Lunatics." Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Audience members must buy the event book or a $10 gift card to admit two. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Eric Weiner discusses and signs his new book, "Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine." Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Audience members must buy the event book or a $10 gift card to admit two. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.


'Communicating Across Generations' This event will include discussion of such end-of-life issues as health-care choices, funeral options and disposition of assets and possessions. Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $10. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-321-2109.

First Aid with Adult CPR/AED This American Red Cross course combines lecture and interactive video demonstrations. Jan. 13, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $90. American Red Cross Silicon Valley, 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto.


'The Spirit of Uganda' These young performers share the culture of their East Africa homeland through drums, choreography and vocals while bringing a message of resilience and hope. Jan. 29, 6-8 p.m. $30. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-269-6068.

'A Musical Sojourn: 200 Years of Music by African American Composers' An afternoon of spirituals, songs and instrumental music, performed by local musicians and singers. Jan. 29, 3-5 p.m. Donations: $15/adults and $5 seniors & students. Eastside College Preparatory School Performing Arts Center, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto. Call 650-688-0850.

Liberty Gospel Quartet Liberty, a traditional Southern Gospel quartet, will perform a concert. Jan. 15, 7-9 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-323-8694.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Harpsichordist Richard Egarr performs with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, with the program including works by Handel, Locke, Purcell, Arne and Lawes. Jan. 26, 8-10 p.m. $25-$85. The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-252-1288.

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Menlo Atherton Little League Registration Menlo Atherton Little League registration is open. Children may be registered for T-ball, A, AA, AAA and majors. The deadline is Jan. 13, 2012. Go to

Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park Experienced birders will teach visitors about wintering birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park. Meet along the entrance road. Heavy rain cancels. Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Marsh Road at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-7841.

'directly indirect' An exhibition called "directly indirect" features abstract and representational paintings and prints, and mixed-media installations, by eight artists. Exhibit runs Jan. 9-27, open weekdays 3-6 p.m. Reception: Jan. 14, 5-7 p.m. Free. Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.


Film: 'Autumn Gem' This documentary is on Qiu Jin (1875-1907), a radical women's-rights activist and leader of a revolutionary army. The first female martyr for China's 1911 Revolution, Qiu Jin is celebrated as a national heroine today. Screening and discussion with filmmakers. Jan. 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147.

Rose-Pruning Demonstration A rose-pruning demonstration will be given by the Peninsula Rose Society, focusing on learning the correct techniques and tools for pruning a variety of rose species. Jan. 14, 1-3 p.m. Free. Roger Reynolds Nursery, 133 Encinal Ave., Menlo Park. www.rogerreynoldsnursery.comr

Project Read Literacy Tutor Training Tutor training for new tutors at Project Read-Menlo Park. Jan. 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2525.

Teen activities Lauren Myracle will speak and sign copies of her coming-of-age mystery "Shine." Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Colbie Caillat The Children's Health Council (CHC) presents a benefit concert with singer/guitarist Colbie Caillat. CHC helps children with autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, developmental delays and other challenges. Feb. 4, 8:15 p.m. $150-$750. Fox Theatre, 2223 Broadway, Redwood City.


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