Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh
Downtown Mountain View will transform into the Emerald Isle on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, when it hosts the annual Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh (fleadh, pronounced "fla," is Gaelic for "festival"). The event boasts Irish music and dance performances (punk band The Shams headline), arts and crafts, food (including corned beef and shepherd's pie), fun for kids, and plenty of Harp, Smithwick's, and Guinness beers (plus other beverages). Admission is free and the action takes place from noon to 8 p.m. both days, along Hope Street between Dana and Villa. Go to SVF.
'SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age'
Children's Health Council's (CHC) Auxiliary will present a showing of "SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age," a documentary about the impact of "screen time" and technology on kids, on Monday, May 9, 6-8:30 p.m., at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, in Palo Alto. A Q&A session with CHC's Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director Dr. Glen Elliott, will follow the screening. Filmmaker Delaney Ruston is a graduate of the Stanford School of Medicine and used her own experiences as a parent as inspiration for the film. Admission is $10. Go to CHC and Screenagers.
Silicon Valley Open Studios
Local fine artists in a variety of media will present their studios to the public during the first three weekends of May as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS), now in its 30th year. Hundreds of artists will showcase their works at studio spaces all over the peninsula, including locations in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Stanford, Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park, and Los Altos. For detailed information on artists, locations, and dates, go to SVOS.
Who doesn't need a little more joy? More Joy!, a music group made up of locals Iris Harrell and Ann Benson, among others, will perform a show in the style of NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion," mixing storytelling, humor and folksy songs, on Saturday, May 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. The $10 cover charge will go to benefit the YWCA's "Make A Room In Your Heart" project to provide a safe house for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Go to Ladera Community Church.
'Art & Technology'
Artists Bruce Beasley and Roger Stoller, both of whom contributed work to the redesigned Mitchell Park complex, will give a talk on the impact and use of emergent technology in art. The free discussion will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at the Mitchell Park Library's Midtown Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. A reception with the artists will follow the talk. The event is sponsored by Palo Alto's Public Art Program. Go to event page.
'Almost Mother's Day Concert'
Redwood City's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is sponsoring the annual "Almost Mother's Day Concert," featuring Andy Z & the Andyland Band. Families are invited to attend the kids' concert, where there will also be an inflatable playland and an arts-and-crafts area to make a Mother's Day card. The event will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway Street, in Downtown Redwood City. Admission is free. Go to RwC events.