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Arts & Entertainment - July 11, 2012

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On Stage

'Curse of the Starving Class' Stanford Summer Theater's production of Sam Shepard's play. July 19-Aug. 12, Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. $25 general, $15 for seniors and students. Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford. Call 650-723-0485. sst.stanford.edu

TheatreWorks launches its 43rd season with the world premiere of "Upright Grand," a play with live music by playwright Laura Schellhardt, July 11-Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. $24-$73. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960. www.theatreworks.org

Talks/Authors

Author: David Stark Wilson's 'Houses + Origins' This illustrated book takes the reader through a number of houses designed and built in the California landscape by Berkeley firm WA design. Wilson's interests include using materials, form and color to elicit the resonant responses experienced in nature. July 11, 7:15 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/david-stark-wilson

Author: Maria Ross shares how the relentless pace of her life came to a screeching halt when an undetected brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her in "Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life." July 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.

Frida and Diego: Mexican Originals This presentation highlights the artistic contributions of the couple and highlights their connections to the Bay Area. July 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $3 members and $5 for others. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave. , Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 229. www.penvol.org/littlehouse

Classes/Workshops

Blogging with Wordpress Have your voice heard. Learn how to start your own blog for free using Wordpress. July 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Little House language classses starting in July. They include advanced French, beginning German, advanced Spanish, beginning Italian, French conversation, intermediate Italian and Italian conversation circle. For more information, see Little House website. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $60/$65 plus materials Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/french.cfm

Kids & Families

Carnival of the Animals Marionette Show Fratello Marionettes presents three storybook favorites. Sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library. July 16, 3-4 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 328-2422. www.smcl.org

Musician Patricia Shih will present a program celebrating books and reading. A fun, interactive event for the whole family. July 10, 10-11 a.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. 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. July 2-30, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library , Portola Valley Library , Portola Valley . Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Portola Valley Library Preschool Storytime Preschool children listen and learn with stories, songs, and rhymes. For preschoolers ages 3-5 years old. July 11-25, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Live Music

Music on the Square - Bella Donna's Tribute to Fleetwood Mac Bella Donna is familiar tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. Based in LA and formed in 2002, the seven-piece show has toured throughout the USA performing hundreds of shows. July 13, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html

Et Alia

Red Cross Interfaith Community Blood Drive Participants can sign up now. For information, visit rollupyoursleeve.info or schedule an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: InterfaithCommunity) or call 1-800-733-2767. July 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Raymond Catholic Church (Kennedy Center), 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. www.redcrossblood.org

Portola Art Gallery: 'Vintage Trucks and New Works' acrylic paintings of vintage trucks, new still life paintings and landscapes by Jerry Peters. Through July 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com

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