Tribute to Billie Holiday Jazz vocalist Cheryl Bennett-Scales and jazz pianist Bennett Roth-Newell celebrate Billie Holiday with a performance sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2530. www.menloparklibrary.org
Stanford University Medical Center Architecture Walk Take an architectural history walking tour of the School of Medicine. The tour traces the school's history from 1850s and highlights artistic and design choices. Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Free, but RSVP is required. Stanford University, main hospital entrance fountain, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford. www.lane.stanford.edu/classes-consult/laneclass.html?class-id=111
Talks & Authors
Nate Jackson, a Menlo College graduate, was named first-team All-American during every football season he was enrolled at Menlo. He was drafted by the 49ers but played mostly for the Denver Broncos. He will discuss his new book, "Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile." Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 6503244321. www.keplers.com/event/nate-jackson
'The Afterlife of Piet Mondrian' Stanford Professor Nancy Troy will discuss how Piet Mondrian's signature style of abstract art was made newly visible to broader audiences after it was appropriated by couturier Yves Saint Laurent for his "Mondrian Look" of 1965, 21 years after the artist's death. Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center auditorium, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. www.museum.stanford.edu/participate/programs_events_lectures_symposia.html#NancyTroy
'What Matters to Me & Why': Dave Evans Dave Evans taught a course for eight years at UC Berkeley entitled "How to Find Your Vocation (aka: Is Your Calling Calling?)" and has been a lecturer in the Stanford Program in Design since 2007, where he co-conceived and teaches "The Designer's Voice, Designing the Authentic Life." He will speak as part of "What Matters to Me and Why," a Stanford Office of Religious Life program. Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m. Free. Old Union - Sanctuary , 520 Lasuen Mall , Stanford. Call 650-723-1762. www.events.stanford.edu/events/407/40795
Alex 'Sandy' Pentland, an MIT professor, will discuss his new book, "Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread: The Lessons from a New Science." Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 6503244321. www.keplers.com/event/alex-sandy-pentland
Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley at SRI Giacomo Bernardi, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California Santa Cruz, will give a talk on "Genomic Consequences of Climate Change: A Fish's Perspective," Feb. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, International Building, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-859-2198. www.sri.com/newsroom/events/cafe-scientifique-giacomo-bernardi
Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, authors of "Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-Of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement," will discuss their book. Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Jennifer Senior at Kepler's In "All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood," Jennifer Senior explores the ways children reshape their parents' lives. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Literature and Morality In "Does Reading Literature Make You More Moral?" three speakers will discuss the connections between reading novels and learning morality. Hosted by Stanford's McCoy Family Center for Ethics In Society. Feb. 6, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Koret-Taube 130, 366 Galvez Street, Stanford. Call 650-736-2629. www.ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/
'Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West' explores the future of heavily dammed and diverted Colorado River in an era of rising population and climate change. Screening followed by Q&A session with the producer, James Redford. Sponsored by Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford. Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Stanford University, Clark Center Auditorium, 318 Campus Drive, Stanford. www.west.stanford.edu/events/watershed-exploring-new-water-ethic-new-west
Atherton Library will screen "Monsters University" for family movie night. Jan. 31, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
'Rx' at the Dragon Theatre "Rx" is a play by Kate Fodor, directed by Jeanie Smith, about a pill that relieves all the stress and strains of life. Jan. 16-Feb. 9, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.dragonproductions.net
Grupo Corpo Concert Translated as "Body Group," this Brazilian dance company combines Afro-Brazilian dance and ballet with a contemporary, theatrical tilt. Performances are Friday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2:30 p.m. $10-75. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. www.live.stanford.edu/calendar/january-2014/grupo-corpo
Stanford SavoyardsCharStyle:> presents "The Mikado," a comic opera originally done by Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert. Jan. 31-Feb. 15, Fridays and Saturdays. All shows are at 8 p.m. except for Saturday, Feb. 15, when it's at 2 p.m. $10-20. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. www.savoyards.stanford.edu
Lifetree Cafe Conversations: 'Where is God When Life Turns Tough?' Hour-long conversation exploring religious faith. Jan. 29, 7-8 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP
Portola Art Gallery will display Alice Weil's "Back to Her Roots" collection of oil and acrylic paintings inspired by rolling hills and oak trees of the Bay Area. Feb. 1-28, every day except Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Allied Arts Guild - Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
King Tides Walk As part of the California King Tides Initiative, Environmental Volunteers, Acterra and Save the Bay team up to have members of the public observe and document the highest seasonal tides, or "king tides," while learning about shoreline and marshland ecology. Bring a camera, binoculars and lunch. Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m. Free EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. www.eventbrite.com/e/king-tides-walk-tickets-10005698313
Sequoia Yacht Club Exhibit Opening The San Mateo County History Museum will debut a new photographic exhibit titled "Salute to the Sequoia Yacht Club" in celebration of the club's 75th year. Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org
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