Dragon Late Nights Dragon Theatre, a nonprofit live theater company in Redwood City, will present the band Claptrap at The Dragon Theater Feb. 2, 10:45 p.m.-12:15 a.m. Tickets $17 in advance or $20 at door. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City. Search goldstar.com for more info.
'The Laramie Project' at Palo Alto Players The Palo Alto Players present "The Laramie Project," the story of a teenager who was brutally murdered in 1998. Jan. 19-Feb. 4, 8 p.m. $22-$46. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Stew and the Negro Problem The singer-songwriter Stew pays homage to the art and activism of James Baldwin in "Notes of a Native Song," an irreverent and spirited rock-and-roll songcycle. With his band The Negro Problem, Stew — known for his 2008 Tony winner "Passing Strange" developed on the Stanford campus — explores Baldwin's legacy with music, video, and spoken word. Feb. 2, 8-9 p.m. $15-$55; discount for students. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. arts.stanford.edu/
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. Feb. 1, 8 p.m. $35 general admission, $27 students and seniors. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City. Search goldstar.com for more info.
TheatreWorks Presents 'Our Great Tchaikovsky' In "Our Great Tchaikovsky," 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/
'Cedar & Friends' - Joshua Cedar Guitarist Joshua Cedar, along with Dave Casini (vibraphone), John Wiitala (bass) and Jon Arkin (drums) will present contemporary jazz. Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Free, with $18 food/drink minimum. Angelica's, 863 Main St., Redwood City. angelicasllc.com/
Concert: Renee Fleming Renee Fleming, recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2013, will be holding her debut recital at the Bing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31. 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. 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 Wednesday, Jan. 31. In order to get a free ticket to the event, the purchase must be made online in advance. 7 p.m. Angelica's, 863 Main St., Redwood City. angelicasllc.com/
Cameron Carpenter Cameron Carpenter, an organist, will be performing at Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford University campus. Feb. 3, 7:30-10 p.m. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Chrome Deluxe Bay Area band Chrome Deluxe, known for their R&B, Swing and Blues music, will perform at Club Fox. Jan. 31, 7 p.m. $7. Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. Search ticketfly.com for more info.
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.
Talks & Lectures
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, 7:30-9 p.m. $50. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more information. Kelly Corrigan Kelly Corrigan will speak about her new book, "Tell Me More." Feb. 5, 7:30-9 p.m. $25. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more
Derek Thompson with Alexis Madrigal Derek Thompson, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, and Alexis Madrigal, a writer and journalist in Oakland, will be discussing the psychology behind popular culture. Feb. 7, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more
Classics of Soviet Cinema, 1927-1938 The event will feature a film screening of The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty and hold a Q&A with the audience after the screening. Feb. 1, 6 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu/ for more info.
Lecture in Religion and Society The Roger W. Heyns Lecture in Religion and Society will take place on the Stanford University campus at Levinthal Hall Thursday, Feb. 1, 5-6 p.m. Free. Levinthal Hall, Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St, Stanford. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Taste of Science Freewheel Brewing Company will host speakers Dr. Sarah Eagleman and Megan Conlon to discuss the the brain and the topic of cell death. Jan. 31, 7-9 p.m. $5 online, $7 at the door. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. tasteofscience.org
Exhibit: Noah's Ark: San Mateo's Historic Restaurant The San Mateo County History Museum presents a new exhibit titled Noah's Ark: San Mateo's Historic Restaurant which will feature the art displayed by African American restaurateur Noah Williams in the 1920s. The exhibit will be on display from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 2018. Adults $6, students $4. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. historysmc.org/
February Free First Friday The San Mateo County History Museum will continue with its "Free First Fridays." The program will include a preschool craft program at 11 a.m. and an adult tour at 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. historysmc.org/free-first-fridays
Food & Drink
First Friday The Cantor Arts Center is open late for the first Friday of the month. This Friday, take a break for meditation, yoga, origami, and hot tea. Feb 2., 8-10 p.m. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu/events for more info.
Lessons & Classes
Origami Club Kids can learn to make origami. Jan. 6, 1-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. redwoodcity.org
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