Artwork by Mark Brown
Since taking his first photo of an ostrich at the zoo at age 6, local artist Mark McAfee Brown has spent several decades combining traditional media, photography and digital imaging. A free exhibit, "LandScapes/Woodless Woodcuts," will be on display at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., through June 13. The works celebrate the natural world and are made to resemble woodcuts. Brown uses Photoshop to create the unique images. Exhibition hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and one hour prior to every public performance. Go to Mark Brown Arts.
'Earth Day on the Bay'
Celebrate Mother Earth with a day on the bay. The Marine Science Institute will hold its annual Earth Day event, featuring live music from longtime eco-act the Banana Slug String Band, a performance by Rock Steady Juggling, and the opportunity to feed real live sharks. The event is Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free; Ecovoyage boat cruise on the bay is $20. Go to SF Bay MSI.
'Warrior Canine Connection Anniversary Celebration'
Puppy power! The VA Palo Alto Health Care System will celebrate the third anniversary of its service-dog training program, a branch of Warrior Canine Connection, with service dog meet-and-greets, training demonstrations, free lunch, music, games, prizes and more, on Saturday, April 16, noon-3 p.m. at Menlo Park Welcome Center, Building 400, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park. Warrior Canine Connection matches special trained therapy dogs with veterans suffering from psychological injuries. Go to Warrior Canine Connection.
"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness"
The 2016 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness," will be screened Sunday, April 17, at Geology Corner, 450 Serra Mall, Building 320, Stanford, at 6 p.m. The film deals with "honor killings" in Pakistan, where more than 1000 women are killed each year. The film was made by Stanford International Policy Studies program alumna Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. A discussion with Jamie Meltzer, Associate Professor in Stanford's M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film and Video, will follow the free screening. Go to Stanford Events.
Gryphons Wild, an early music ensemble headed by music educators Sally Terris and Anita Baldwin, presents "Stories in Song: Monsters, Maidens and Madrigals ," an original blend of stories, music, costumes and props suitable for children and families.Tales told include "The Griffin and the Minor Canon," about an unlikely friendship between a young priest and a mythical beast. The show takes place Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at Community School of Music & Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Admission is free. Go to Gryphons Wild.
Hiram Kaailau Bell, ukulele
Say "aloha" to Oahu-raised ukulele master Hiram Kaailau Bell, who will bring his Polynesian vibe and four-string-strumming skills to the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., for a free performance of Hawaiian classics and more on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Bell, who now lives in the Bay Area and teaches uke classes and workshops, has also released two albums. Go to Menlo Park Library.