Don Quixote by Ramon Moreno School of Ballet This ballet performance will feature the story of Don Quixote as he, along with his trusty squire Sancho Panza, pursues his dream of Dulcinea. May 19, 2-4 p.m. $20. Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. Search brownpapertickets.com for more info.
'Pear Slices 2018' The 15th annual Pear Slices is a collection of original, short plays — written by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild — that are brought to life by a single cast. Through May 20, Thursdays through Sundays, times vary. $10-$35, with discounts for seniors/students. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida, Mountain View. thepear.org
Stories From the Soul A performance will feature memoirs told by people with diverse experiences. May 21, 7:30-9 p.m. $5-$10. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. dragonproductions.net
Frost Music & Arts Festival featuring Glass Animals Glass Animals will be this year's headliner for the seventh annual Frost Music and Arts Festival. Additionally, Ravyn Lenae and Monte Booker will be performing a special collaboration together. Student performers open the festival and student artists will be featured throughout the venue. May 19, 5:30 p.m. $24-$43. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Go to events.stanford.edu for more info.
Trace Repeat Live Music Trace Repeat, an Oakland-based eight-piece soul and funk band, will perform with their own takes on Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. May 18, 7-9 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. Go to events.stanford.edu for more info.
Noon Concert: Harpsichord Studio of Elaine Thornburgh Harpsichord students of Elaine Thornburgh will be featured in this noontime recital. May 25, 12:30 p.m. Free. Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Jazz Piano Studio of Murray Low: Spring Showcase The Spring Jazz Piano showcase will feature the students of Murray Low and include both standards and contemporary works. May 19, 2:30 p.m. Free. Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lausen Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Palo Alto Philharmonic Family Concert 'Humor in Music' Palo Alto Philharmonic Family Concert will present "Humor in Music." Selections from works by Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev, R. Strauss, Schickele and Palo Alto Philharmonic's own Lee Actor will demonstrate how composers express humor in music. May 20, 3-5 p.m. $5-$10. Cubberly Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. paphil.org/performances
Schola Cantorum Celebrates American Folk Music In honor of the different folkloric influences on the music of the nation, Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley will present, "Celebrating American Folk Songs." Selections include a commissioned suite for chorus and brass by Brian Holmes, accompanied by the Oxford Street Brass. May 19, 7:30 p.m. $28. First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. scholacantorum.org
Stanford Symphonic Chorus The Stanford Symphonic Chorus, under the baton of Stephen M. Sano, will offer Franz Joseph Haydn's Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida ("Heiligmesse"), a piece dating from the composer's late period. Also on the program is Haydn's rarely heard Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major (Hob. VIIa:4), featuring faculty soloist Joo-Mee Lee. May 18, 8 p.m. $10-$20. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Festivals & Fairs
Los Altos Rotary's 'Fine Art in the Park' The Rotary Club of Los Altos will present the 43rd "Fine Art in the Park" event. The Rotary's annual fundraiser will feature more than 165 fine artists and craftworkers. There will be live music, food and drinks. May 19, 10 a.m. Free. Lincoln Park, just across Foothill Expressway from downtown Los Altos, Los Altos. business.menloparkchamber.com/events
Comic Con at the Library The Menlo Park Library's third Comic Con will feature live music, costumed characters, artists and vendors, tabletop game zones, a free photo booth and a hands-on art fair with the Charles M. Schulz Museum. May 19, 3-7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/comiccon
Talks & Lectures
Kids Love Science with Jack Challoner Meet science educator Jack Challoner as he discusses Maker Lab Outdoors, which focuses on projects that can be done outside, or that emphasize the earth and environment. Jack will lead a series of experiments for attendees and answer science questions. May 16, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Jaron Lanier Philosopher and scientist Jaron Lanier will discuss the digital age and his new book, "The Dawn of the New Everything." May 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Simon Winchester Historian and writer Simon Winchester dives into the concept of precision, the component crucial to advancement, and the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production. May 21, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$50. 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
God and Gays: An Hour of Civil Conversation The program will feature the filmed stories of Jeff Chu, author of "Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America." Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss issues relating to homosexuality and faith in a safe environment. May 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany, 1095 cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
The Blue Trees Artist Talk & Reception To celebrate The Blue Trees, members of the public are invited to attend an artist talk and panel discussion with artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, Canopy's Elise Willis and Palo Alto Urban forester Walter Passmore. Panelists will discuss local and regional forestry issues and initiatives. May 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. King Plaza: City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Presentation: 'California and the Civil War' Author Richard Hurley will present a multimedia show called "California and the Civil War" and discuss California's position in the Civil War. May 19, 1-2 p.m. $4-$6. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. historysmc.org/courthouse-docket
James Hatch on Combat Recovery James Hatch tells his story of his struggle and recovery in "Touching the Dragon, And Other Techniques for Surviving Life's Wars." A "This is Now" with Angie Coiro program at Kepler's bookstore. May 22, 7:30-9 p.m. Free, RSVP appreciated. 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
The J. Sanford and Vinie Miller Distinguished Lecture Series: Artist Qin Feng Qin Feng demonstrates the performative aspects of his ink art. Presented in conjunction the exhibition "Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang." May 24, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/programs
Museums & Exhibits
'Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang' Ink Worlds considers ink painting from the 1960s through the present, examining salient visual features and international connections, as well as the ongoing impact of historical techniques, materials and themes. May 25, 11 a.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of 'Frankenstein' Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein," or "The Modern Prometheus," Stanford University is organizing gallery talks and public tours related to the literary work. May 16, 2 p.m.; May 30, 2 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
'The Dancing Sowei: Performing Beauty in Sierra Leone' This exhibition focuses on one spectacular work in the Cantor's collection — a sowei mask, used by the women-only Sande Society that is unique to Sierra Leone. Ongoing until December; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
Speaker Series: Birds of Alaska Dr. Norman Kikuchi has visited Alaska almost annually for the past 20 years and will present photos from his journeys. May 16, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Cubberly Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Room H1, Palo Alto. scvas.org/speakerseries
Food & Drink
Clay and Chardonnay Participants will be taken on a step-by-step lesson on creating a clay masterpiece while drinking wine. Supplies, aprons and wine are all included. May 22, 6-8 p.m. $25-$30. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. penvol.org/littlehouse
Monday Night Pub Quiz The event will feature a trivia contest along with food, drinks and prizes. May 21, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. freewheelbrewing.com
Specialty Hikes and Tours These 90-minute specialty hikes and tours will run from through May 20. Explore 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
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