'A Musical Celebration of Valerie Capers'
The African American Composer Initiative will celebrate pianist and arranger Valerie Capers with two concerts featuring original compositions and jazz standards. Classical and jazz artists from the Bay Area will team up with Capers, John Robinson and the Eastside College Preparatory School choir. The benefit concert, entitled "A Musical Celebration of Valerie Capers," will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30, and Sunday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m., at Eastside College Preparatory School, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto. Cost is $20 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Go to goo.gl/qbMziE.
'Into the Forest: Landscape as Subject and Studio in 19th-Century France'
The latest installation at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center features prints, drawings and photographs that explore how French artists, including painter James Tissot, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and Camille Pissarro, depicted the landscape in the modern age and approached making art en plein art (in the open air). The exhibition opens Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the art center, located at 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Admission is free. Go to arts.stanford.edu.
'Not Okay, Cupid'
Kepler's will celebrate the launch of author Heidi R. Kling's Valentine's Day read, "Not Okay, Cupid," on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Menlo Park bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real. Come dressed in a cupid costume to play Valentine's Day games. Snacks will be provided. The event is free. Go to goo.gl/Kh5pKC.
Silicon Valley Italian Festival
Take a trip through Italy during a day centered around the country's culture and traditions. The Silicon Valley Italian Festival returns to Palo Alto's Oshman Family JCC, 921 Fabian Way, on Sunday, Jan. 31. The free festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. will feature Italian movies and food, a market, speakers and children's activities. Go to siliconvalleyitalianfestival.com.
'Searching for Life Beyond our Solar System'
Dr. Tori Hoehler of the NASA Ames Research Center will give a free, illustrated and non-technical talk on the science of searching for life beyond the solar system in the the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. The free talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series. There is a charge of $3 for parking on campus. Go to foothill.edu.
'Arts with a Heart'
"Arts with a Heart," a musical variety show, will be presented Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31, 2-4 p.m., at Castilleja School, 1310 Bryant St., in Palo Alto. The show, called "The Future's So Bright," is presented by students from Castilleja. Cost is $20-$40. Proceeds will benefit Building Futures Now, an after-school academic enrichment program based in East Palo Alto. Go to goo.gl/ufpGI4.