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Arts & Entertainment - March 20, 2013

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On Stage

'Oklahoma!' The Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" March 21-23. This musical is about love and life in Oklahoma territory in 1901. 7-10:30 p.m. $15-50. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-8282 ext.105. www.pvtc-ca.org

Comedy Club Comedy nights on Sundays through May 26, 8-9:30 p.m. $30 (includes 2 free drinks). Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City. www.premiercomedyclub.com

TheatreWorks presents 'The Mountaintop', winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for best new play. The play re-imagines events on the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March 6-31, Tues.-Sun., $23-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960 . www.theatreworks.org

Talks/Authors

'Sex & Dating After 60' Dr. Eric Shapira explores Dating 101 as well as the significant psychological and biological changes specific to couples over 60. March 19, 6-7:30 p.m. $9. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/

Carly Fiorina Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina speaks on the financial outlook for the U.S. in terms of innovation, job creation and economic growth. March 21, 7-8 p.m. $12-$20. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 408-280-5530. www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2013-03-21/carly-fiorina

Ellen Sussman discusses and signs her new Bali-set novel, "The Paradise Guest House." March 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/ellen-sussman-0

Jonathan and Margaret Kathrein The pair discuss and sign their book "Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks." With marine biologist Wallace "J" Nichols and photographer David McGuire, who will screen his short film "Swim for Sharks." March 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Natalie Goldberg discusses and signs her latest book, "The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language." March 28, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Navi Radjou discusses and signs his business book "Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth." March 27, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

UC Botanical Garden Asian Collection UC horticulturist Elaine Sedlack presents slides of camellias, rhododendrons and other shrubs and trees over the course of the seasons in the botanical garden's Asian Collection. Sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society. March 25, 7-9 p.m. Free. Veterans' Memorial Building, 1435 Madison Ave., Redwood City.

Art

Nora Reza Nora Reza exhibits abstract paintings of squares and rectangles, with light inspired by California and Provence. The exhibit will be up through April 28. Free. Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park,. www.norareza.com

'Classic California' exhibit The Portola Art Gallery presents Kristen Olson's "Classic California" landscapes exhibit throughout March. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. www.portolaartgallery.com

'Public Discourse' The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University presents "Public Discourse: Photographs by Robert Dawson." This exhibit features work from more than 30 years of photography. Open every day but Monday through April 21. Free. Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-725-0143. art.stanford.edu

Kids & Families

'Oliver!' Classic Lionel Bart musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel, with songs including "Food, Glorious Food" and "Consider Yourself." March 21-30. $12 adults, $10 children. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-4970. www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/theatre/productions.asp

Atherton Library Preschool Storytime Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories and activities every Monday morning. Through May 20, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Summer Sports Camps Redwood City sports camps at The Sports House: lacrosse, soccer, flag football, cheerleading, volleyball and basketball. June 17-Aug. 16, weekdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $189/week. The Sports House, 3151 Edison Way, Redwood City. Call 650-362-4100. www.sportshouseonline.com

Outdoors

Four Preserves Ride Mountain-bike ride encompassing a four-preserve circuit of Skyline Ridge, Russian Ridge, Coal Creek and Monte Bello Preserves. Ride encompasses approx 2,000 feet of climbing and about 12 miles. For experienced technical riders in good physical condition. Reservations required. March 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. www.openspace.org/activities

Religion/Spirituality

'Getting the Most Out of Holy Week' Attendees will set aside the day before Palm Sunday for a retreat designed to focus hearts & minds upon the Passion of Christ and the events of Holy Week. March 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $50 including lunch. Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614. www.vallombrosa.org

Lenten Prayer Service / Vallombrosa Choir Prayer, reflection and music with the Vallombrosa Choir under the direction of Patrick Feehan. Donations will be collected during the prayer service for the Multiple Sclerosis Memorial Fund in memory of Diane Ciardella. The service will begin at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. March 24, 2-4 p.m. Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. www.vallombrosa.org

Teen Activities

Cassandra Clare's 'Clockwork Princess' Bus Tour Cassandra Clare, author of "The Mortal Instruments" and "The Infernal Devices" series, will discuss the final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, "Clockwork Princess." March 23, 7 p.m. $12. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/312711

Et Alia

'Downton Abbey-Inspired Dining Event' Unusual dining event with foraged greens, wild nettle, local Dungeness crab, cultured butter, duck confit, Earl Grey chocolate mousse and other dishes to toast the hit drama "Downton Abbey." Guests must register by phone by March 25 to attend. March 30, 6:30-9 p.m. $95. Location: Somewhere in Menlo Park/Palo Alto (exact location sent after registration). SVUnderground.com, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 408-505-9816. SVUnderground.com

'Grease: An Interactive Sing-along' Experience The sing-along event is interactive and has a "Fun Pack" for advance ticket buyers. March 24, 1-3 p.m. $8 per person. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-330-2223. www.menlopark.eventbrite.com

'Gluten free: Risotto-making workshop' Attendees learn the basics of making authentic risotto and explore the possibilities. After class participants will enjoy the fruits of their labors. Wines included. March 25, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $49. IEI (Italian Educational Institute), Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-868-5995. thefinestitalian.com/food/cook-italian/

'If I Knew Then What I Know Now' Panel discussion with consultants, all members of Women in Consulting Leaders Network. March 21, 6-8:30 p.m. $45-65. Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 408-266-9658. www.womeninconsulting.org

Peninsula French Fair Vendors, artists, a fashion show, French charcuterie, crepes, cheeses, gourmet food and pastries are planned. March 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road , Palo Alto. Call 469-463-3605. www.frenchfair.org/

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