'The Bridges of Madison County' TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the Tony Award-winning musical "The Bridges of Madison County," based on the 1992 best-selling novel by Robert James Waller about love both lost and found. Directed by TheatreWorks artistic director and founder Robert Kelley. Ongoing until April 29, times vary. $40-$100. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. theatreworks.org
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Under the baton of conductor Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops orchestra performs the music of American film composer John Williams — the man behind the soundtracks for E.T., Star Wars, Harry Potter and more. April 20, 8 p.m. $20-$180. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Songs of Freedom: Mitchell, Lincoln and Simone The 1960s are explored through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone — all of whom have made a mark in music with their unique expressions of freedom. Performing are Ulysses Owens Jr., musical director; and Theo Bleckmann, Alicia Olatuja, Joanna Majoko, vocalists. April 19, 7:30 p.m. $17-$50. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Festivals & Fairs
Fine Arts Festival, 36th Annual The Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll features the handcrafted works of more than 90 artists who create fine jewelry, photography, ceramics, paintings, turned woodwork and more. April 20 and 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com/events
Kusamura Bonsai Club 58th Annual Show The annual show celebrating miniature bonsai trees will feature a demonstration on Saturday of satsuki azalea bonsai techniques and on Sunday of how to create the bonsai landscapes called saikei. Sale of trees and children's activities. April 21 and 22, noon-5 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, East Palo Alto. kusamurabonsai.org
Talks & Lectures
Through the Golden Gate: Cantonese-American Voices Community organizer David Lee, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Jane Lui, and historian Lee Chin will explore the rich heritage of Cantonese-Americans and the modern-day challenges facing Cantonese communities in the United States. April 18, 7 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
'The Consequences of Technological Developments for Politics and Government' The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University presents a panel discussion on "The Consequences of Technological Developments for Politics and Government." This public event is free, but advance registration is required. April 24, 5:30 p.m. Free. Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, 75 Alta Road, Stanford. mailchi.mp/stanford
'How to Live Before You Die: Embracing Life to the Fullest' (Lifetree Café Menlo Park) The program, titled "How to Live Before You Die: Embracing Life to the Fullest," features a filmed interview with Sasha Vukelja, who as a young girl escaped from Communist Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States. Vukelja, now an oncologist, tells how she works with patients facing an uncertain future to find hope and a positive attitude. April 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. vimeo.com/257911682
Evening Seminar: 'Lincoln in the Bardo' "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders will be the subject of this 90-minute discussion and lecture. The book is included in the price of the seminar and should be read prior to the event. April 23, 7-8:30 p.m. $48. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Islamophobia and its Impact The Menlo Park Library will host a presentation by Islamic Networks Group Founder and Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi, who will talk about xenophobia as it has been experienced by many different groups throughout history, and the current state of Islamophobia and the efforts to combat it. April 24, 6:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Jacqueline Winspear Join Kepler's for a new Maisie Dobbs mystery by Jacqueline Winspear, the creators of a memorable character in literature. April 18, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$50. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
SRI Organon Toastmasters SRI Organon Toastmasters helps community members become better public speakers and leaders by providing a supportive, positive environment for practicing communication and leadership skills. Guests are welcome to visit and join. Tuesdays, year-round. Free. First Baptist Church, 1100 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. sriorganon.com
John Waters in Conversation Filmmaker John Waters will be in conversation with SFFILM executive director Noah Cowan. April 18, 7:30 p.m. $5-$35 (discounts for students, seniors). Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Museums & Exhibits
Portola Art Gallery Presents Misako Kambe's 'Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3' The Portola Art Gallery presents "Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3" - carved ceramic creations by Misako Kambe of Berkeley. Ongoing until April 30; Mondays-Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
The Bay Bridge: An Engineer's Perspective Image pairs that demonstrate the evolution of San Francisco while highlighting the permanence and artistry of the Bay Bridge will be shown. Charles Knedel's photos during his time as a civil engineer on the original construction of the Bay Bridge have never been on display for the public. Ongoing until May 13, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. makintoshphotography.com
'Wherever There's a Fight' Exhibition The Menlo Park Main Library will be hosting a special exhibition based on the book "Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California" by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi. In addition to the exhibit, the library will be hosting a series of related events, beginning with an appearance by the book's authors. All of the events are free to attend. Ongoing until May 31. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Specialty Hikes and Tours These 90-minute specialty hikes and tours will run from through May 20. Experience the beauty and tranquility of Filoli's Nature Preserve, tour Filoli's historic greenhouses with a Filoli docent or discover how the families used the Estate and Nature Preserve. Specialty tours will focus on a variety of components of the Filoli property. $10. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org menlopark.org/adults
Lessons & Classes
Technology Help for Seniors Experienced trainer Curtis Golden will assist in using a computer, cell phone and other devices. He can instruct in downloading e-books and using programs such as Skype, Amazon and eBay. April 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Annual Shredding Day Get rid of unwanted documents on Annual Shredding Day. Limit three boxes per person, no junk mail. April 18, 1:30-4 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave, Menlo Park. penvol.org/littlehouse
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