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Arts & Entertainment - February 1, 2012

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On Stage

'Doubt, A Parable' Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of his male students. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by John Patrick Shanley plays Jan. 26-Feb. 18. $26-32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-0551. www.busbarn.org

'Marvin's Room' Dragon Productions Theatre Company presents this Scott McPherson play about life, death, mental illness and family. It follows two estranged sisters who are reunited when one of them needs the family to be tested for a bone marrow donation. 1992 Drama Desk Award for Best Play. Jan. 19-Feb. 12: Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m., and Sun. at 2 p.m. $16-$30. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-2006. www.dragonproductions.net/

'Moon for the Misbegotten' This Eugene O'Neill play is a story of blarney, scheming and betrayal. Directed by Jeanie Smith. Jan. 13-Feb. 5, Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. $15-$30. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View. thepear.org

'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

Talks/Authors

'Not for Profit' Martha Nussbaum speaks on such questions as: "What is education for democracy?" Feb. 2, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-0997. ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu

'The Power of the Horn: Charlie Parker to John Coltrane" Alisa Clancy, operations director of KCSM 91.1 FM and co-host of "Morning Cup of Jazz," will speak. She will discuss the evolution of jazz saxophone and the lives of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Lester Young and others. Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512. www.menloparklibrary.org

Russ Feingold Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will speak on public service and citizenship, presented by the Haas Center for Public Service. Feb. 8, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Free. CEMEX Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford.

Sebastian Seung, professor of computational neuroscience at MIT, will speak and sign his new book, "Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are." Feb. 14, 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. www.keplers.com/event/sebastian-seung

Youth Event: Love Maia discusses and signs her new book, "DJ Rising," about an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen and cares for his heroin-addicted mother. Feb. 9, 6 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/youth-event-love-maia

Art Galleries

'Calindas, Monlinksy and Bertolet' The Menlo College Art Committee presents the art of Marconi Calindas, Aaron Molinksy and Edwin Bertolet, the winners of the Menlo College Plein Air Art Show. A reception is set for Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m., with the exhibition open weekdays, Jan. 23-March 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. www.menlo.edu

Abilities United art exhibition Forty original works of art by artists from Abilities United are on display. All art is available for purchase, with the proceeds going to the artist. Daily through Feb. 10, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-618-3319. www.cafezoemenlopark.com

Benefits

Canary Luncheon 2012 In "Foremost Good Fortune," Susan Conley chronicles her family's move to Beijing and her subsequent experience with breast cancer. She will speak at the launch of Canary Foundation's new Breast Cancer Program at Canary's 3rd Annual Cancer Early Detection Series Luncheon. Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. Call 650-646-3199. canaryevents.org/ceds2012/

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

Classes/Workshops

'America's Historic Newspapers' Class on searching this database through the Canada College Library and the San Mateo County Peninsula Library System. Feb. 7, 2:30-4 p.m. Canada College Library, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-306-3423. smcgs.org

'Women's Financial Power Circle' Thursday, Feb. 2, and first and third Thursdays of each month. Teresa Dentino, founder/CEO of The Financial 411, leads women's financial-education group. Pre-registration required. 7-8 p.m. $20 per meeting. Portola Valley; details disclosed upon registration. Call 650-851-8959. www.thefinancial411.com

'YouTube Class' The class will cover the basics of searching and viewing videos on YouTube, as well as making videos and uploading them. Feb. 1, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Matt Abrahams, author of "Speaking Up Without Freaking Out: 35 Techniques for Confident, Calm, and Competent Presenting," leads a workshop on practical techniques to help manage speaking anxiety. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. $10. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Concerts

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Concert The program features Martin Rokeach's new Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, with Diane Maltester soloist. Feb. 5, 2:30 p.m. (Program also to be performed at 7:30 Feb. 4 at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.) $5-$20. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. www.mastersinfonia.org

Family and Kids

'Rabbit Day' Students from Sacred Heart Schools and the San Carlos Eaton Hills 4-H Club will bring rabbits for participants to meet, and will talk about the rabbits living locally. Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

African Drumming with Onye The percussionist and educator Onye will present an "African village celebration" in honor of Black History Month. The audience will be encouraged to participate in drumming, dancing, songs and stories. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Et Alia

Valentine's Day Dinner Dance Live entertainment by the Jerry Jay Quartet, and a three-course dinner. Cocktails at 5 p.m.; dinner at 5:30; dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9. $18. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, extension 222. www.penvol.org

'Breaking The Stigma: Teen Self-Esteem' Presented by Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), a forum of panelists and keynote speaker Roni Gillenson discuss teen self-esteem and self-image. Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. La Entrada Middle School-Multi Use Room, 2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-424-0852. www.acs-teens.org

Woodside Library Adult Book Club The February discussion covers "the worst book I ever finished" and other memorable books. Feb. 6, 1-2 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Lunar New Year Celebration This Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon will include lion dancers, acrobats, live music, refreshments and children's activities. Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/lunarnewyear.html

'Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park' Walkers will learn about some wintering birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park: ducks, geese, egrets. Experienced birders will be available to point out birds of water and land, with a viewing scope provided. Families welcome on the walk, which meets along the park's entrance road. Heavy rain cancels the event. Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, the end of Marsh Road, at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-7841. www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org

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