1984 The Bus Barn Theater showcases Los Altos Stage Company's adaption of George Orwell's novel. Through Feb. 18, 8 p.m. $22. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Search goldstar.com for more information.
'The Road to Mecca' Miss Helen, a reclusive widow, harbors a prolific artistic impulse which makes her the subject of ridicule among the neighbors in Athol Fugard's classic "The Road to Mecca." Her friend, a reverend, urges her to move to a senior home, but a young schoolteacher encourages her to follow her heart. Jan. 18-Feb.11, 8 p.m. $10-$35. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. thepear.org/
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. Through Feb. 18, Thursday-Saturday, 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
The Fever The Fever, a performance by theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, will present an interactive story about a party. Feb. 14, 8-11 p.m. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com for more info.
Bill Charlap Trio The Bill Charlap Trio will perform with special guests and vocalists Mary Stallings and Freddy Cole. Feb. 10, 7:30-10 p.m. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Darlene Love Singer Darlene Love, who has been a part of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound for "He's a Rebel," done backing vocals for "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Be My Baby" and other hits, will perform rock 'n' roll music. Feb. 9, 7:30-10 p.m. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Evensong and Recital The choir of St. Bede's, accompanied by Jin Kyung Lim, will sing Evensong. Dr. Lim will offer a recital of music by Bach, Kerll, Mendelssohn, Rameau and Couperin on the Von Beckerath organ and her own 2-manual Fryer harpsichord. A reception will follow. Feb. 11, 4-6 p.m. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. stbedesmenlopark.org
Wooden Fish Ensemble Wooden Fish Ensemble and the Gyeonggi Kayageum Ensemble will play folk songs from Korea and Japan. Music from various instruments such as the kayageum, koto and piano will be featured. Feb. 9, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lausen Mall, Stanford. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Talks & Lectures
Historic African-American Families in San Mateo The San Mateo County History Museum will present retired radio and television personality and current author Claire Mack, the first African-American mayor of San Mateo. Feb. 10, 1-2 p.m. $4 students and seniors, $6 adults. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. historysmc.org/courthouse-docket
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. 8, 6 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu/ for more info.
Meet Comics Pioneer Trina Robbins Comics pioneer Trina Robbins will talk about her life. Feb. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. City of Menlo Park City Council chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Derek Thompson with Alexis Madrigal Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic, and Alexis Madrigal will discuss popular culture and psychology. Feb. 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Dhonielle Clayton with Sabaa Tahir The event will feature an in-depth look at the cost of beauty and the lengths people are willing to go to achieve it. Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Terese Marie Mailhot with Greg Sarris The authors will speak about what it means to be a Native American author in today's world. Feb. 13, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
This is Us Actors and Stanford Alumni Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bath will speak at Stanford University and share stories from their careers and perform scenes. Feb. 9, 7-9 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Museums & Exhibits
Art Exhibit: 'About Face: Intimacy and Abstraction in Photographic Portraits' This exhibition considers the voyeuristic intimacy of the close-up portrait in 13 photographs by celebrated photographers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Barbara Morgan and Edward Weston. Each photograph captures a likeness and the mood set by the subject's personality. Nov. 1-March 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays; open Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
Art Exhibit: 'In Dialogue: African Arts' "In Dialogue" represents the vibrant and dynamic arts of the continent and its diasporas. Drawing primarily from the Cantor's own collection, it considers the arts of Africa to be rooted in a deep and rich history that is locally, as much as globally, connected. Sept. 15-May 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays; open till 8 p.m. Thursdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
Noah's Ark: San Mateo's Historic Restaurant The exhibit features the art displayed by African American restaurateur Noah Williams in the 1920s. Feb. 1-28. Adults $6, students $4, children 5 and under free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. historysmc.org/changingexhibits
House of the Muse: Stanford Collections The Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford University campus will host the first of a three-part lecture series on Stanford collections (including Egyptian, Greco-Roman and Chinese art and artifacts) given by Patrick Hunt. Feb. 14, 4-6:15 p.m. $75 member, $90 non-member. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for moreinfo.
Manuel Neri: Assertion of the Figure Manuel Neri explores the gesture, surface and materiality of the figure in plaster, marble, bronze and paper. This exhibition provides a glimpse into the artist's creative process and his quest to define the figure. Sept. 14-Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays; closed on Tuesdays. Free. Anderson Collection at Stanford University, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford. anderson.stanford.edu
Morning Tea at the Library The library invites readers to drop in for a cup of tea and treats as they read one of its many magazines and gaze out at the garden. Fridays, ongoing; 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society will host a two-hour bird walk for beginners to view wintering ducks and other seasonal birds. Participants should bring binoculars if possible. The group will meet in the parking lot. Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park. friendsofbayfrontpark.org
Hike with the Friends Hikers will explore the upper part of Huddart Park from Skyline Boulevard for five miles. Feb. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Huddart Park, Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. Search nextdoor.com for more info.
Religion & Spirituality
Phillip E. Bloom at Levinthal Hall Phillip E. Bloom, director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies and the curator of the Chinese garden at the Huntington Library in San Marino will speak at Levinthal Hall on the Stanford University campus about spacial and temporal environments in Buddhism. Feb. 8, 5:30-7 p.m. Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
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