Menlowe Ballet's 'Collage'
Menlowe Ballet's spring performance, titled "Collage," features the company debut of four former Silicon Valley Ballet dancers and the world premieres of three pieces by Val Caniparoli, Gregory Dawson and Artistic Director Michael Lowe. Performances will be held Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 30, at 2 and 8 p.m; and Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m., at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Tickets ($28-$55) are available at Menlowe Ballet.
'Words and Images to End All Wars'
Stanford Repertory Theater will present "Words and Images to End All Wars," a staged-reading (with musical accompaniment) commemoration of the centenary of World War I. The performance, which will be held Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at Oshman Hall, McMurty Building, 355 Roth Way, Stanford, will feature poems and letters, photographs and paintings, and popular tunes from the Great War. Admission is free; go to SRT.
'King Tides and Elusive Rails'
A new interactive exhibit, "King Tides and Elusive Rails," from Creative Ecology artist-in-residence David Tomb, featuring drawings, paintings, pop-up sculptures and cut-outs, and audio recordings of Baylands birds, will be open through July 3 at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. The art center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 9 p.m. Thursdays) and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. A reception with the artist will be held Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Go to Palo Alto Art Center.
Independent Bookstore Day
Looking for a page turner? Like to support print media and independent retailers? Local bookstores, including East West Bookshop (Mountain View), Kepler's (Menlo Park) and Books Inc. (Palo Alto and Mountain View) will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 30, with special giveaways, treats, sales, author events, activities for kids and more. For example, East West is showcasing 12 local self-published authors; Kepler's will have a section of the store dedicated to crafts and "celebrating the joys of all things paper," and will serve strawberry lemonade and "book cookie catchers"; and Books Inc. and Palo Alto Children's Theatre will team up for an acting workshop for kids, based on classic children's stories. For more store-specific information, check Kepler's, Books Inc., and East West.
'Before Our Very Eyes'
Thirteen venues in Redwood City are hosting "Before Our Very Eyes," an art exhibit drawing attention to the issue of human trafficking, in advance of Human Trafficking Awareness Day, to be held at the San Mateo County History Museum and Courthouse Square on May 14. The mixed-media exhibit, which is featured at venues including the Redwood City Public Library, Kaiser Hospital, and many retailers and restaurants, will run through May 15. Go to Before Our Very Eyes.
'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
Woodside Priory School will present "The Hound of the Baskervilles: a Comic Thriller starring Shirley Holmes & Jennie Watson," a spoof of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle mystery, on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. at Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students/children. In this humorous version, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on vacation, leaving their young nieces in charge of solving mysteries in their absence. Go to Priory School.