'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. www.theatreworks.org
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. www.angelicasbistro.com
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. www.fcapeninsula.org
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. www.siliconvalley-redcross.org
'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. spiritofugandamenlopark2012.eventbrite.com/
'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. www.philharmonia.org
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 www.m-all.org.
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. www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org
'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. kriewallhaehlgallery.blogspot.com
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. autumn-gem.com
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. www.projectreadmenlopark.org
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. www.keplers.com/event/youth-event-lauren-myracle
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. www.chcbenefit.org