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Arts & Entertainment - March 28, 2012

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Special Events

Genealogy Attendees can learn the skills, computer sites, and programs to help do the research to discover the history of ancestors. March 27, 10-11:30 a.m. $90/$99. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, EXT. 222. www.penvol.org

On Stage

'Cat's-Paw' In this play by William Mastrosimone, an eco-terrorist obsessed with pollution of the world's water supply bombs the EPA, kills 27 people, and takes a hostage. An investigative journalist is granted the interview of a lifetime. March 23-April 15. $16-$30. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 1-800-838-3006. dragonproductions.net

'Now Circa Then' Carly Mensch, story editor of the television series "Weeds," wrote this offbeat comedy about two historical re-enactors, and the results when their modern romance collides with their 19th-century counterparts. Through April 1. $19-$69. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.theatreworks.org

'Of Mice and Men' TheatreWorks production of play adapted for the stage by Steinbeck. April 4-29. $19- $69. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.theatreworks.org

Community Events

St. Raymond School Rummage Sale Saturday, March 31, 7:30 a.m -4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Raffle prizes and special discounts starting Sunday at 2 p.m. St. Raymond School, 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-322-2312. www.straymond.org

Income-Tax Preparation Sessions on Tuesdays through April 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 229. www.penvol.org

Niti - Ancient Wisdom of the Patchatantra Book event and conversation. New translation of the classic fables that teach "niti," or wise living. Facebook executive Sunita Parasuraman published this updated version to share the tales with her son. April 4, 7-9 p.m. $10. M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton . Call 650-556-3807.

The Era of the New Sovereigns A financial planning & investment panel discussion by Golub Group Investment Counsel. They will discuss prudent investing in today's tumultuous markets. 6-9 p.m. Menlo College Brawner Hall, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. www.menlo.edu

Concerts

Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra Music Director Eric Kujawsky conducts Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, Husa's music for Prague 1968 and concertino for trumpet by Jolivet. March 31, 8-10 p.m. $25, $20, $10 (adult students), Free for children. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-366-6872. www.redwoodsymphony.org

Main Stage Concert: La Bella Musica Benjamin Simon, conductor. Avi Avital & Brian Thorsett, soloists. Rossini, Paisiello, Mendelssohn. Reserve online or by phone. March 31, 8-10 p.m. Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-692-5258. www.sfchamberorchestra.org/events/mainstage/

Walker Evans, American photographer (1903-1975), with direct and unsentimental images of life on small-town streets, in New York subways, and on sharecroppers' porches, helped shape contemporary art. This exhibition features photos from his 50-year career. Through April 8, Wed.-Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thurs. until 8. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu

Kids & Families

Robots, Robots, Robots Attendees celebrate National Robotics Week with the robotics team from Sequoia High School. The members of this award-winning team will demonstrate their new robot, answer questions and allow children to take turns driving it. Ages 4 and up. April 9, 4-5 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Spring Puppet Show The Puppet Company will present "Grandpa Bunny's Egg-citing Day." Puppeteer Randal Metz has been producing imaginative family entertainment for more than 30 years. This spring-themed puppet show will appeal to children of all ages. April 5, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Sue Fliess The children's author will lead a storytime to mark the launch of her new picture book, "A Dress for Me." Attendees may wear fancy dresses. April 1, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real , Menlo Park. www.keplers.com

Film

'Final Friday Flicks' Atherton Library hosts "family-friendly" films the last Friday of the month. This month's feature is the new "Winnie the Pooh" movie. March 30. 7-8:15 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

'The Future of Food' There is a revolution going on in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America that is transforming the nature of the food we eat. Documentary film, 'The Future of Food,' with an appearance by the director, Deborah Koons Garcia. April 5, 3-4 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Et Alia

Woodside Library Adult Book Club Discussion centers around Vanessa Diffenbaugh's "The Language of Flowers." Eighteen-year-old Victoria Jones has careened through 32 foster home placements, with only an instinct for flowers with which to root herself. 1-2 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Cantor Arts Center This introductory tour features objects from a variety of cultures and historic periods. Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Meet in the main lobby. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Sports

Glenoaks Stables Summer Riding Camp In its 12th year, the camp is a week-long, small-group horse program. Campers learn riding, pony games, vaulting, arts & crafts and general horsemanship. Camps are planned for the following dates: June 18-June 22, July 9-13; July 16-20; July 30-Aug. 3; and Aug. 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $500. Glenoaks Stables, 2629 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-4955. glenoaksequestrian.com/summercamps.htm

Alateen Support Meetings Alateen is a community of young people (12-20 years) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Participants focus on learning how to help themselves, whether the alcoholic continues to drink or not. Confidential, anonymous, non-religious and based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sponsored by Al-Anon. Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. Free. Trinity Parish Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Tierney Room, Menlo Park. Call 650-464-1925. midpeninsula.org

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