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Arts & Entertainment - July 25, 2012

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Special Events

Djerassi Program Open House The one day of the year that the Djerassi Program's Artists' Barn and private grounds are open to the general public. Attendees meet resident artists, walk the natural landscape and view ocean vistas. July 29, 1-5 p.m. $35 per person. Djerassi Program SMIP Ranch, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside. Call 650-747-1250. www.djerassi.org

On Stage

'Curse of the Starving Class' Stanford Summer Theater's production of Sam Shepard's play, through Aug. 12, Thursday-Saturday 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' 'Upright Grand,' through 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

A Photographic Tour of New Zealand with photographer Frances Freyberg Blackburn. July 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $2 members, $3 others. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 229.

Nancy Mullane, author of "Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption," will speak July 24 at 7 p.m. Members free; others buy book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Wind, Energy and Wildlife High numbers of bird carcasses at some wind farms raise concerns about the turbines' environmental effects. Statistician Manuela Huso discusses tools to estimate wildlife fatalities and helps identify options for monitoring and mitigation. July 26, 7-8:30 p.m. U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5000. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar

Music

Encounter II: Music and Film Pianist Stephen Prutsman returns to Music@Menlo to present original compositions written specifically for two iconic silent films: Buster Keaton's "Sherlock Jr." and Charlie Chaplin's classic film "One A.M." July 26, 6:30 p.m. $44/$36 adult; $20/$15 student. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Ave., Atherton.

Anton Schwartz Quintet: Straight Ahead Jazz July 30, 6-8 p.m. Downtown Jazz, 2600 Block of Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/jazz.html

Concert Program IV: 'Enhanced' explores four works that heighten the drama of classic narratives. July 29, 6 p.m. $65/$55 adult; $30/$20 student. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton. musicatmenlo.org

Family and Kids

Lizard Lady Teressa Killeen brings creatures to the library. Ages 4 and up. July 25, 3-3:30 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

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. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Randel McGee and his guitar-playing dragon sing silly songs and tell stories. Sponsored by Bernard and Shelley Ross. July 30, 3-4 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 328-2422. www.smcl.org

Film

Family Movie Night Atherton Library presents "Puss in Boots" for family movie night. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. July 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Movies on the Square - 'The Lion King' A crew of more than 600 artists, painters, designers and technicians worked more than three years to bring the story of the lion Simba to the silver screen. July 26, 8:30 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/movies.html

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