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Instant Family Let me first try to be nice to "Instant Family," a comedy-drama about foster care and adoption. The film's premise, "inspired by" co-writer/director Sean Anders' own family life as a husband and father, isn't a bad one for an innocuous family comedy ...... Read the full review

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A&E Features

Menlo School presents 'Noises Off' this weekend
Menlo School's latest theater production, "Noises Off," is being staged Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16 through 18, at the school. Thursday, 7:25 PM

'The Ghost Train' comes to Hillview
Hillview Middle School's drama program will put on a production of the comedy thriller "The Ghost Train" Nov. 15 through 17. Thursday, 7:21 PM

'Hairspray' brings music, verve to the Menlo-Atherton stage
Students at Menlo-Atherton High School are staging a production of the Tony award-winning musical "Hairspray" the weekends of Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. Thursday, 1:23 PM

Rock like an Egyptian
"This is the story of a love that flourished in a time of hate," sings a character in the opening number of "Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida." Thursday, 7:35 PM

A sharp comedy for dark times
Playwright James Kopp suggesting that Nazis might take control of the United States seems like an all-too-timely warning. Thankfully, the play is packed with laughs. Thursday, 7:33 PM

Just add children
Let me first try to be nice to "Instant Family," a comedy-drama about foster care and adoption. The film's premise, "inspired by" co-writer/director Sean Anders' own family life as a husband and father, isn't a bad one for an innocuous family comedy with laughs and heart, a withering-to-wacky satire of misbegotten parenting, or a thoughtful, psychologically insightful look at the social work and family dynamics around adoption. But the tonal whiplash you'll get from the pileup crash of all three may have you wishing he picked a lane. Thursday, 7:28 PM

Little House starts documentary film series
Little House in Menlo Park is starting two documentary film series that will be held the first and third Wednesday of each month. Friday, 3:27 PM

Portola Art Gallery marks a dozen years at Allied Arts Guild
The Portola Art Gallery is celebrating a dozen years of art at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park with an exhibition. Friday, 10:08 AM

Hey, hey, PA Play(ers)
"All the Way" takes a close look at Lyndon Johnson's first year in office, starting with the assassination of JFK and the Civil Rights Act. Thursday, 3:57 PM

Finding Juana
The moment visitors step into the Los Altos History Museum, they're greeted by a wooden awning, painted white and covered in vines. The message is clear: They're entering the home of Juana Briones. Thursday, 3:50 PM

Menlo Grill closes for revamp
After about eight years of operating at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park, Menlo Grill has closed temporarily for a refresh. Friday, 11:53 AM

Andy Warhol: The fame game
Andy Warhol would have been 90 years old on Aug. 6 of this year. Had he lived, there is little doubt that he would be right at home with our image-obsessed society. Wednesday, 4:13 PM