Theater: 'Insignificance' The play "Insignificance" imagines a meeting between Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Senator Joe McCarthy and Joe DiMaggio in a New York hotel room in the 1950s. Jan. 26-Feb. 18, 8 p.m. $35 general admission, $27 students and seniors. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City. Search goldstar.com/events for more info.
'The Road to Mecca' at Pear Theatre "The Road to Mecca" by Athol Fugard is inspired by a true story; it follows Miss Helen, a South African widow who harbors an unconventional artistic impulse and is caught between an old friend who urges her to conform and a young friend who encourages her to follow her heart. Jan. 18-Feb. 11, 8 p.m. $10-$35. Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida, Mountain View. firstname.lastname@example.org. 650-254-1148.
TheatreWorks Presents 'Our Great Tchaikovsky' In the play, written and performed by Hershey Felder, composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky springs to life in a tale that explores both current Russian politics and historical context. Jan. 10-Feb. 11, show times vary. $45-$105, with discounts for educators, seniors, under 35. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. theatreworks.org
Concert: Renee Fleming Renee Fleming, recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2013, will be holding her debut recital at the Bing. Fleming has not only performed at opera stages and concert halls worldwide, but was also the first classical artist to perform at the Super Bowl. Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Jeremy Denk & Stefan Jackiw at Bing Concert Hall Jeremy Denk, piano player and winner of a MacArthur "Genius" award, will perform all of the sonatas of the American modernist composer Charles Ives at Bing Concert Hall with violinist Stefan Jackiw and members of the Stanford Chamber Chorale. Jan. 28, 2:30-5 p.m. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Music: 'Skies of Paris' Vocalist Jennifer Mahawi and Pianist Douglas McKeehan will perform as a duo at Angelica's. In order to get a free ticket to the event, the purchase must be made online in advance. Jan. 31, 7 p.m. Free. Angelica's, 863 Main St., Redwood City. Search tunestub.com/ for more info.
Piano Recital: Robyn Carmichael Pianist Robyn Carmichael makes her debut at Arts at St. Bede's. A reception will follow the performance. Jan. 28, 4-6 p.m. Students and seniors, $15; all others, $25. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. stbedesmenlopark.org
Robert Huw Morgan Organ Recital Robert Huw Morgan will be performing Organ Mass by Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703) at Memorial Church. Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
World Harmony Chorus The World Harmony Chorus brings the community together through celebration of song. This diverse choral group performs traditional vocal music from around the world, including Africa, Europe and Latin America. Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. Free. Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. arts4all.org/events
Ana Gasteyer Ana Gasteyer has played and sang on six seasons of "Saturday Night Live." Jan. 27, 10-11 p.m. $15-$65; discount for students. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
In Concert: Karla Kane with Khoi Huynh Karla Kane will perform her new record "King's Daughters Home for Incurables" with Khoi Huynh at the Downtown Library in Redwood City on Jan. 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Library - Fireplace Room, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Live Music: Moss 11 Moss 11, an alternative rock cover band from San Francisco, will play at the Freewheel Brewing Company. Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Talks & Lectures
Homebrewing 101 Derek Wolfgram and Mike Conant from the Silicon Valley Sudzers homebrew club and Andrew Carroll from the HeadQuarters homebrew club will present an interactive introduction to homebrewing beer. The talk will cover ingredients, techniques, equipment, beer styles and recipe formulation. Jan. 27, 2-3:30 p.m. Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. redwoodcity.org
Moffett Field, Then and Now John Suckow, Vietnam War aviator and Moffett Field Historical Society Museum docent, will offer an insider's look at a local landmark and discuss his experiences as a navy attack pilot and Vietnam War veteran. Jan. 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/aviation
Talk: Do We Do Too Little About Child Abuse — or Too Much? In this talk, three speakers will observe the current way in which child abuse is handled by caseworkers and judges, and discuss if the system can be improved. Jan. 25, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Stanford Law School, Room 290; 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford. ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/events
Lessons & Classes
Friends for Life Keys to forming and maintaining lasting friendships will be explored at Lifetree Cafe. The program, "Friends for Life: 10 buddies. 38 years. 1 week a year," features the filmed story of a group of men who have remained friends 38 years after graduating from middle school. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the factors involved in making and keeping friends, as well as the benefits of longtime friendships. Jan. 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Master Class: This is Your Year to Write Your Novel Take this class to learn how to make writing a priority and develop the self-confidence needed to write for a larger audience. Feb. 1, 7-8:30 p.m. $50. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Business Issues & Transportation Committee Meeting The Business Issues and Transportation committee will inform community members about issues impacting the city. Jan. 25, 8-9:30 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Chamber Conference Room, 1100 Merrill St., Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com/events/
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