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Arts & Entertainment - April 16, 2014


Art Galleries

'85 Years 85 Artists' exhibit Menlo College looks at the past 85 years through the eyes of artists. Artists from around the world were randomly assigned a year to illustrate. The "85 Years 85 Artists" exhibit has participating artists in 21 states, plus the Netherlands, England and Italy. Monday-Friday, March 26-July 11, 9-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901.

'Japan Revisited' Photo Exhibit The Portola Art Gallery presents "Japan Revisited," photographs by Frances Freyberg. The color photos feature landscapes, cityscapes, shrine scenes and portraits from Freyberg's 2013 travels through the country. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220.

'Revolutions in Eastern Europe' Exhibit The Hoover Institution's new exhibition, "Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 1989-1990," includes dissident literature, political platforms, campaign ephemera, photographs and posters from the era. Tuesday through Saturday, through Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hoover Institution, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.

'SpaceCase': Paintings by Jessica Eastburn The Cañada College Art Gallery presents "SpaceCase," a series of paintings by local artist Jessica Eastburn. Using traditional manual methods, Eastburn has created paintings that resemble highly-digitalized artwork. A special reception will be held March 18 to celebrate the opening. Monday through Thursday, March 18-April 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Canada College Art Gallery, Building 9, Room 152, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-306-3336.


Boomer Fitness Blast This group fitness class aims at improving muscle strength, flexibility, posture and agility. Instructor LuAnne will also help students focus on specific goals and measure their progress. Registration is required. Mondays, April 21-June 30, 7-8 p.m. $165. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1701.

Boomer Stability Ball Blast Instructor LuAnne will teach the basics of stability ball: position, function and breathing. As students improve their balance, the class will pick up the pace to increase heart rate, muscle strength and endurance. Students need a ball and a mat. Registration is required. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 22-July 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $165 weekly; $265 twice weekly. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1701.

Creative writing class This class will assist those interested in writing stories, either for personal satisfaction or publication. The instructor, author and feature columnist Phyllis Butler, has had her work appear in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and international publications. Tuesdays, April 3-24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $55 for all meetings; $15 drop-in class. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222.

Digital Photography with Neal Mesnchel Taught by acclaimed photojournalist Neal Menschel, this four-week workshop will focus on camera equipment, capturing images and composition. April 3-24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $150. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222.

eBooks and eAudiobooks Help The Portola Valley library invites community members to make a one-on-one appointment to receive help accessing the library's free online books. Bring a device and any questions to this session. Please contact the library to sign up for an appointment. Wednesdays, March 19-May 28, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Meet the iPad This class will cover basic functionality, application use, settings management, helpful features and more in a personal and comfortable setting. It will be taught by Curtis Golden of Seniors Savvy. Wednesdays, April 9-30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $60. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222.

Musical Theater Workshops for Kids and Teens For ages 10-19, Singer's Circuit Training workshops are one-afternoon sessions taught by three musical pros. Students work on training and fine-tuning their voices and learn about song acting and performance. Each workshop includes group sessions and mini private sessions with each teacher. Each workshop is capped at five students. April 27, 1-6 p.m. $240. Bridgepoint Music, 657 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-454-9125.

Pastel plein air painting classes with Jan Prisco The Portola Art Gallery's Jan Prisco will offer weekly pastel plein air painting classes at Allied Arts Guild and other Peninsula locations. Beginning and intermediate pastel painters are welcome. Wednesdays, April 16 through August 1, 1:30-4:15 p.m. $30/class; $100/four-class bundle. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-341-9519.

Tai Chi with Ben Dineen Tai Chi classes will be held in the Woodside Native Plant Garden, weather permitting. This centuries-old Asian exercise seeks to produce stronger bodies, better balance and a sharper mind. Instructor Ben Dineen invites all ability levels to this 60-minute class. The program is funded by the Friends of Woodside Library. Fridays, April 4-25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147.


'SRI Organon Toastmasters' Meeting Toastmasters aims to improve communication and leadership skills. Each week the organization focuses on a different topic related to public speaking. Meetings are open to the public. Each Tuesday through April 25, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Ave., opposite Menlo Park City Hall, Menlo Park.

Non-Fiction Book Club The club will hold a discussion of "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor. Drop-ins are welcome. April 17, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Community Events

'Living with Autism' conversation Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring how to cope with the challenges of autism. Participants will learn about autism and connect with others who live with or who care for people with autism. Complimentary snacks will be provided. April 16, 7-8 p.m.; April 17, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897.

Community Poem at Atherton Library The Atherton Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a collaborative poem. All community members are invited to contribute to a collective poem created and on display in the library. April 1-30, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Fine Arts Museums presentation The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will give a docent lecture on the exhibit "Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art," which features the work of 19th century avant-garde painters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. April 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free for members; $5 non-members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222 .

Fourth annual Sequoia 5K Stampede The upcoming Sequoia Stampede 5K race is a fun-filled, community event and one of the core fundraising events for Sequoia High School Athletics. April 26, 9 a.m.-noon. $10-$30. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-361-1000.

Relay for Life Kickoff There will be an informational event for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, coming up this summer in Menlo Park. The fundraiser will be filled with fun music, games, booths and kid-friendly activities. April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue, Menlo Park.

Rotary Connects at LB Steakhouse Community members are invited to join the Menlo Park Rotary Club for an evening of networking with business leaders and city officials. April 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. LB Steakhouse, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 805-290-2931.


Master Sinfonia Concert 4 Maestro David Ramadanoff will conduct Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra's final concert of the season. It will include performances of local composer Jeremy Cavaterra's "Monterey Suite," Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor" featuring soloist Akimi Fukuhara, and Dvorak's "Symphony No. 8 in G Major." A free reception with the artists will accompany the event. April 26, 8 p.m. $15-$25; free for youth under 18. Portola Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Stanford Easter Concert An Easter concert, entitled "There is a Balm in Gilead: An Easter Celebration of Christ," will be held in Stanford Memorial Church. It will include vocal, string, organ and choir performances, as well as a keynote address by Robert M. Daines, Pritzker professor of law and business from Stanford. The event is sponsored by the Latter-day Saints Student Association at Stanford. April 19, 3:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford .

Redwood Symphony's 'Fantastic Four' Redwood Symphony's "Fantastic Four" concert will include performances of works by composers John Adams, Claude Debussy, local Lee Actor and Louis Gottschalk. April 19, 8 p.m. $10-$30; free for children under 18. Cañada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.


'Earth Day on the Bay' 2014 The Marine Science Institute will hold its annual "Earth Day on the Bay" event, offering both education and entertainment. April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; $20 kids, $40 adults for Discovery Voyage boat tour. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. Call 650-364-2760 ext. 16.

Connecting the Dots 2014: 'The Climate, Energy, Food and Water Nexus' Experts from Stanford will speak about the interactions between the ways humanity uses climate, energy, food, water and other environmental resources. Authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability will take part in the discussion. Registration is required. April 18, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Free; priority given to those affiliated with Stanford. Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford.


'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits. Wednesday-Sunday, until May 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

'Inside Rodin's Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery' James Chang has incorporated Rodin's hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

'Intaglio: The Art of Incision' Woodcut and relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screen printing have all been used to produce book illustrations at various points in printing history. Intaglio is one of the oldest of these processes and is the focus of this exhibit. March 3-May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art & Architecture Library, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.

'The Circle of the Sun' Exhibit This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, noon-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford. Call 650-725-1020.

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes' Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

American Photographs: A Cultural History Professor Alexander Nemerov designed this exhibition to illuminate his course on American photographs. The 14 works on display range from a Civil War-era photograph by Timothy O'Sullivan to street photography by Robert Frank, work by Diane Arbus from the 1960s and work by Helen Levitt from the 1970s. March 12 to July 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Artist Alan VanEss exhibit The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Carleton Watkins: 'The Stanford Albums' To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Act of 1864, Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibition of 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins' Pacific Coast photographs, all drawn from three unbound albums in Stanford library's Special Collections. April 23-Aug. 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Kusamura Bonsai Club 54th Annual Show Club members will be on hand to answer questions during this two-day bonsai show. Demonstrations both days at 1:30 p.m. will give insight into how these living works of art are created. Saturday, April 26, noon to 5 p.m.; April 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-327-0450.

Portola Valley Watershed exhibit 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley. The library will help celebrate throughout the month of April with an exhibit of the local watershed, including Sausal Creek. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Family and Kids

'Laura's Star' film screening The Cantor Arts Center will be showing the German film "Laura's Star." In this animated 80-minute feature, 7-year-old Laura moves from the country to the city and begins a friendship with an equally disoriented shooting star. April 20, noon-3 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Dr. at Museum Way, Stanford.

'Paws for Tales' Kids Program Atherton Library hosts a program -- in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- where children ages 5 and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog, with the goal of improving reading skills and building confidence. Time slots are available the fourth Saturday of each month. Through June, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Babies and Books Storytime AT this event for newborns to children 18 months, there will be rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Easter Crafts at Cheeky Monkey During this pre-Easter event, children can decorate plastic Easter eggs and make their own bunny ears. April 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cheeky Monkey Toys, 640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-328-7975.

Kamishibai: Japanese story card theater This event will include a performance of Japanese paper card story theater, or Kamishibai. In addition to hearing Japanese folktales in English, there will be a craft activity and Japanese cookies to snack on. April 18, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147.

Menlo Park Egg Hunt The City of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Firefighters' Association and the Menlo Park Fire District will hold its annual Egg Hunt at Burgess Park. The Easter bunny will arrive at 10 a.m. for pictures; the egg hunt will start at 10:30 a.m. Other attractions will include bounce houses, crafts and a jelly bean guess. April 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

Menlo Park Tennis Festival This festival will feature special demonstrations from tennis professionals, music, prizes and other activities for all levels. It is open to all players ages 6-12 and their family members. April 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10/player. Burgess Park Tennis Courts, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2232.

Oran Etkin: 'Wake Up, Clarinet!' New York-based clarinet player Oran Ektin is the creator of the Timbalooloo method of teaching music to young children. His award-winning children's CD "Wake Up, Clarinet!" inspired this live family concert, which brings instruments to life as they become characters in the story. April 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $10. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.

Story Time with Salina Yoon Salina Yoon will read from her children's book "Found," which the tells the story of a bear who tries to return a lost stuffed bunny toy to its owner. Children can take home signed drawings of stuffed animals they bring to the event. April 27, 10:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Toddler Storytime This program for children 18 months to 3 years old will include songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Crafts follow storytime. Tuesdays, March 4-April 29, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.


'Chasing Water' screening and talk Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West will hold an event with a screening of the film "Chasing Water: A 1,500 Mile Quest Down the Colorado River" and a talk from the photographer in the film, Pete McBride. Registration is required. April 23, 7-9 p.m. Free. Clark Center Auditorium, 318 Campus Drive West, Stanford.


Clinical Trials Awareness Week The Stanford Cancer Institute will hold its third annual Clinical Trials Awareness Week. This five-day event is designed to promote cancer research, and will have educational and interactive activities for patients, staff and the community. April 28-May 2, 10 a.m. Free. Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford. Call 650-498-7061.

Seventh annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update This one-day conference is for parents, educators and care providers of children with an autism spectrum disorder. This update will focus on new research, therapies and insights, as well as living with autism. The event is sponsored by the Autism Center at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. April 19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $125. Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford. Call 650-721-6327.

Food and Drink

Mountain Goat Farmers' Market The weekly farmers' market will feature organic fruits and veggies, farm eggs, honey, fresh local seafood, oysters, handmade sausages, nut butters, vegan cheeses, fair trade coffee, jams, pickles, grass-fed beef, local baked goods and more. Opening day is April 2. Wednesdays, April-December, 3-7 p.m. Free. Mountain Goat Farmers' Market, 17285 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.

Portola Valley Farmers' Market This farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruits and vegetables, local grass-fed beef, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, hot free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten-free baked goods, organic fruit popsicles, nuts and nut butters, pickles, jerky, artisan breads, empanadas, goat's milk chocolates, flowers, crafts and music. Thursdays, year-round, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Woodside Farmers' Market The weekly market features organic fruits and veggies, farm eggs, nuts, dried fruits, honey, olive oil, local seafood, oysters, handmade sausages, vegetarian salads and entrees, organic pasta and sauces, nut butters, vegan cheeses, fair trade coffee, jams and pickles, grass-fed beef, a gluten-free bakery and crafts. Sundays, April 6-October 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Woodside Farmers' Market, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Live Music

Latin jazz with Roger Glenn Roger Glenn -- musician, composer and entertainer on the flute, sax and vibraphone (Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete Escovedo) -- is bringing the Roger Glenn Latin Jazz Ensemble to Angelica's. Windham Hill recording artist Ray Obiedo will be a special guest. April 18, 8:30-10:30 p.m. $21 advance; $26 at the door. Angelica's Supper Club, 863 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-355-3444.

On Stage

'Les Miserables' by Ram's Head Ram's Head Theatrical Society at Stanford University is putting on a production of classic musical "Les Miserables," based on the novel by Victor Hugo. April 11-19, 8-10:30 p.m. $10-$20. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.

'Smash' play This political comedy features a runaway groom who abandons his bride on their wedding day so he can overthrow the British government. April 10-May 4, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006 ext. 2.


Easter service at Ladera This Easter service will feature music from a Brass Quarter, the Youth Ukulele Choir and the Sanctuary Choir, as well as an egg hunt. All are welcome. April 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481.

Easter sunrise service Ladera Community Church and Valley Presbyterian Church will greet Easter dawn with prayers and song on the hill behind the Woodside Priory dining hall. View the campus map here: 6:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481.

Good Friday service Bethany Lutheran Church will host a Good Friday service. April 18, noon-7:00 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service Beginning with communion as the "Last Supper," the event will then move into a Tenebrae service. It will retell the story of Jesus' journey to the cross, extinguishing the light along the way. April 17, 7-7:45 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481.

Skills for Stress Reduction Morning workshop features Dr. Cynthia McDonald, experienced counselor and clinician, who will offer simple tools for managing stress and coping with anxiety. Cost includes coffee and scones. Contact the center to RSVP. April 26, 8:30 a.m.-noon. $25. Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614.

University Public Worship Public worship at Stanford's Memorial Church is open to everyone. Sundays through June 29. 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762.

Special Events

Friends of Woodside Library Book Sale Friends of Woodside Library hold its semi-annual sale of everything from bestsellers to art books, children's stories and cookbooks -- all outdoors in the parking lot. All proceeds go to the library. Parking is permitted at library or across the street at Woodside School. April 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147.

Lectures & Talks

'Rev Up Your Biz Dev Mojo' Led by expert Chip Doyle, this evening will teach effective strategies and practice them in high-energy breakout sessions with peers from Women in Consulting. April 17, 6-8:30 p.m. $45-$65. Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 408-266-9658 ext. 11.

Author Albert Rothenberg Albert Rothenberg, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently a Stanford fellow, will speak about his novel "Madness and Glory." The work of historical fiction follows a real doctor, Dr. Philippe Pinel, who freed the mentally ill during the French Revolution. April 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Author Barbara Ehrenreich with Angie Coiro Barbara Ehrenreich will discuss her new book, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything," in conversation with Bay Area journalist Angie Coiro. Ehrenreich's new book reconstructs the story of her adolescent search for meaning. April 25, 7:30 p.m. $10 general; $15 at the door. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Author Edgar H. Schein Edgar H. Schein will discuss his books "Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help" and "Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling." Schein analyzes the social and psychological dynamics common to many helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful and shows how would-be helpers might ensure their assistance is welcomed and useful. April 29, 7 p.m. Free. Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto. Call 650-324-4321.

Author Ian Morris Historian, archaeologist and Stanford Classics professor Ian Morris will discuss and sign his new book, "War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots." His work tells the story of 15,000 years of war, going beyond the battles and brutality to reveal what war has done to and for the world. April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Author Justin Go U.C. Berkeley graduate Justin Go will discuss and sign his debut novel, "The Steady Running of the Hour," in which a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer. April 22, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Author Susan Schillinglaw Susan Schillinglaw will discuss and sign her new book, "Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage." Carol Henning Steinbeck, John Steinbeck's first wife, was the inspiration for his great work of the 1930s, culminating in "The Grapes of Wrath." Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State University, directed the Center for Steinbeck Studies there from 1987 to 2005. April 17, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Conversation with Tony Kushner Stanford University will host a conversation between professor Peggy Phelan and Tony Kushner. Kushner is the award-winning author of such plays and screenplays as "Angels in America," "Lincoln," "Caroline or Change" and "Munich." April 16, 6-7 p.m. Free (open to public). Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium Complex, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Georgia O'Keeffe docent presentation A docent from the de Young Museum will give a presentation about its Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit, Modern Nature. This exhibit covers the Lake George period of the artist's career, when she created more than 200 paintings. April 19, 2 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Marion Nestle: Advocacy for Healthier Food Systems Marion Nestle, author of the book "Food Politics," will speak about ways that the food movement can draw on the lessons learned from social movements of the past to define advocacy goals, targets and methods; engage allies; and monitor progress. April 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-736-6247.

Youth event: Author Andrea Cremer Andrea Cremer will attend a book talk for her new novel, "The Inventor's Secret," an alternate history and steampunk adventure that asks what would have happened if the British had won the Revolutionary War. April 23, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Youth event: Author Matthew Jobin Matthew Jobin will read from and sign his book "The Nethergrim," a fantasy work that combines reality, magic and adventure. April 18, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.


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