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Arts & Entertainment - June 6, 2012

Calendar

Art Galleries/Tours

'Introduction to the Cantor Arts Center' This introductory tour features objects from a variety of cultures and historic periods. Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Meets in the main lobby. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/visit/public_tours.html

Memorial Church Tour Located in the Main Quad, a few minutes' walk from the Center, the Stanford Memorial Church is the physical heart of the campus, replete with stained glass windows, mosaics, and stone carvings. Fridays at 2 p.m., rain or shine. 2 p.m. Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/visit/public_tours.html

Outdoor Sculpture Around the Museum This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, dating from 1891, that flank the main entrance. The tour continues with the work of Auguste Rodin, Beverly Pepper, Mark di Suvero, and Andy Goldsworthy. Third Sunday of each month at 11:30 am. 11:30 a.m. Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/visit/public_tours.html

Outdoor Sculpture Walk This tour explores the Stanford campus and its extensive outdoor collection of 20th-century sculpture in the quad and south campus area. First Sunday of each month at 2 p.m., rain or shine. 2 p.m. Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/visit/public_tours.html

Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden Tour Created on-site at Stanford by artists from Papua New Guinea, the garden contains wood and stone carvings of people, animals, and magical beings that illustrate clan stories and creation myths. Third Sundays of the Month, 2 p.m., rain or shine. Meet on the corner of Santa Teresa and Lomita Drive. 2 p.m. Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/visit/public_tours.html

Rodin Sculpture Garden and Galleries The B. Gerald Cantor Rodin Sculpture Garden features 20 bronzes by Auguste Rodin, including The Gates of Hell, and is open to the public. The Center also devotes three indoor galleries to the work of Rodin. Wednesdays at 2 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., Sundays at 3 p.m., rain or shine. Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/visit/public_tours.html

On Stage

'The Clean House' The play centers on a married doctor couple who hire a Brazilian housekeeper; she is more interested in finding the perfect joke than in housecleaning. Through June 16. $28-32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-0551. www.busbarn.org

TheatreWorks presents Indie Rock Musical "Wheelhouse" TheatreWorks presents its 60th world premiere, "Wheelhouse" by indie rock trio GrooveLily. This autobiographical musical follows traveling tunesmiths in desperate need of a tune-up as they rocket across the country in a worn-out Winnebago. June 6-July 1, $19-$69. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.theatreworks.org

Wonderful World by Richard Dresser Max has a serious in-law problem. An apparently happy family hurtles to the brink of despair in this twisted comedy about two brothers, Max and Barry. Feeling slighted by Max and his girlfriend, Barry's wife embarks on a scorched-earth policy of truth-telling. Through June 17, 2 p.m. $16 - $25. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-2006. www.dragonproductions.net/

Classes/Workshops

Adobe Photoshop Elements Class Participants learn how to crop, edit, and retouch images using Photoshop, which is available on all San Mateo County Library computers. Contact the library to pre-register as spaces are limited. June 9, 10-11 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Horse Cartooning Attendees learn to draw horse-themed cartoons with local artist Chris Romano. Drawing supplies will be provided. Ages 10 and up. Sign-up required. June 12, 3-4 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Clubs/Meetings

Model Railroad Club Open House The West Bay Model Railroad Association holds monthly open houses the fourth Wednesday of every month, and the club is currently seeking new members who are interested in model railroading, regardless of their skill level in the hobby. Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m. Free. West Bay Model Railroad Association, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0685. wbmrra.ning.com

Community Events

'Coffee, Art & Chocolate' Coffee, chocolate and art talk with artists and others. Fridays through Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-3891. www.pacificartleague.org

Environment

World Oceans Day at Marine Science Institute June 9, 1-5 p.m. $15-$40. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. Call 650-364-2760. www.sfbaymsi.org/oceansday.html

Exhibits'Playing Grown-Up: Toys from the Harry P. Costa Collection' This exhibition will explore toys from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s that allowed children to mimic the activities of adults. Toys will include an antique pedal fire truck and airplane, Tonka work trucks, and an electric 1929 Lionel Stove & Oven. Feb. 14-Dec. 31, Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adults, $3 seniors/students, free for children 5 & under, free for association members. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-299-0104. www.historysmc.org

'Sculpture from the Fisher Collection' This exhibit features pieces by John Chamberlain, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg and Martin Puryear, together with Carl Andre's Copper-Zinc Plain, a floor piece composed of 36 tiles, and John Chamberlain's Bijou, a large early work made of crushed automobiles and paint. Wed.-Sun.; through Oct. 13, 2013; open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thurs. until 8 p.m.). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu

Stanford Art Spaces - Stanford University Paintings by Jose Allen, Paintings by Wayne Jiang, & Photographs by Terry Thompson are on exhibit at the Paul G. Allen (C.I.S.) Art Spaces Gallery weekdays from April 13 - June 21. April 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Stanford Art Spaces, 420 Via Palou, Stanford. Call 650-725-3622. cis.stanford.edu~marigros

Family and Kids

Harmonica Workshop Participants learn to play the harmonica with Catfish Jack in a fun-packed 60 minutes. Bring a harmonica in the key of C, or one will be provided. For ages 9 and older. June 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Nativity Carnival 2012 32nd Annual Spring Carnival on June 8 from 5-11 p.m., June 9 from noon-11 p.m. and June 10 from noon-6 p.m. The Carnival features 12 rides and dozens of game booths and a food court featuring rotisserie chicken, pasta dinner, bruschetta, philly cheesesteaks, bbq hamburgers and hotdogs, turkey legs and tri-tip dinner. Nativity School, 1250 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-323-7914. www.nativityschool.com/carnival

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Ongoing exhibits at the museum and zoo include "Bobcat Ridge," "Africa's Bats," exhibits on physics and math, and a "Buzzz" display on insects and spiders. Museum hours: Tue.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.friendsjmz.org

Paws for Tales at the Portola Valley Library Pet-assisted therapy teams from the SPCA's Paws for Tales program will visit the library so that children can read to dogs. A signed release form is required each time a child reads. Contact the library to pre-register. For ages 5 years and older. June 9, 1-2 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Portola Valley Library Infant Storytime Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for the very young. For infants 0-18 months old. June 4-25, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Portola Valley Library Toddler Storytime Designed for children 18 months to 3 years old, toddler storytime features songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. June 5-26, 10:30-11 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Portola Valley Preschool Storytime Preschool children listen and learn with stories, songs, and rhymes. For preschoolers ages 3-5 years old. June 6-27, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Story Time with Linda Petrie Bunch Linda Petrie Bunch introduces Hannah, the Bernese Mountain Dog, as she frolics on the beaches of Carmel testing the ocean waters, crafting sand creations, and navigating the surf with board and sail. June 10, 11 a.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/story-time-linda-petrie-bunch

The Bubble Lady Attendees join Rebecca Nile for her bubble show. June 11, 4-5 p.m. Free Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Outdoors

Palo Alto Yoga Day Palo Alto Yoga Day invites yoga enthusiasts for an open-air, community yoga practice to celebrate the summer solstice. Participants will go at their own pace with local yoga instructors, and learn about yoga. June 21, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Park, Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. www.facebook.com/PaloAltoYogaDay

Support Groups

Alateen Support Meetings Alateen is a community of young people (12-18 years) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Confidential. Anonymous. Non-Religious. Based on 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sponsored by Al-Anon. Wednesdays, Through July 31, 7-8:15 p.m. Trinity Parish Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Tierney Room, Menlo Park. alanonmidpeninsula.org

Talks/Authors

Author: Beatriz Williams Stanford graduate Beatriz Williams in conversation with Ted Ullyot, Facebook general counsel, about her debut novel, "Overseas." June 12, 7 p.m. Members free; others buy book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/beatriz-williams

Exploring The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes 100 years ago on June 6, 1912, the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century burst forth from Novarupta and Katmai volcanoes. USGS geologist Judy Fierstein describes the excitement of fieldwork in this remote Alaskan setting and explains why the area remains scientifically important today. June 6, 7-8:30 p.m. US Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5136. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar/

Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz, 'The Price of Inequality' Our current economic system has made America the most unequal advanced industrial country with crippled growth and undermined democracy. Stiglitz offers his plan for changing our current monetary and budgetary policies and creating a more just and prosperous future. June 12, 7-8 p.m. $12 Members; $20 members; $7 students. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 408-280-5530. www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2012-06-12/joseph-stiglitz-price-inequality

Teen Event: The Fierce Reads Tour Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Emmy Laybourne, and Marissa Meyer: five amazing debut authors with five tales. June 8, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/youth-event-fierce-reads-tour

Volunteers

'Remade in America' A 1953 Silver Streak trailer needs rebuilding and so does America. Opportunity to participate in making the film start to finish. Hands-on involvement. Contribute 0-2 hrs./wk. Monthly meetings at Atherton Library every third Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Remade in America--True Story, The Film Project 2012, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org/en/node/5421

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