Palo Alto Players Presents: 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' Palo Alto Players Presents "The Man Who Came to Dinner," a comedy about hospitality and hijinks. Through July 1, times vary. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. paplayers.org/on-stage-now
The Puppet Circus The Menlo Park Belle Haven Library will host a performance by The Puppet Company, presenting its Puppet Circus. The show will feature dozens of hand puppets, rod puppets and marionettes, including elephants, lions, clowns and a tightrope-walking bear. July 1, 2-2:40 p.m. Menlo Park Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park. menlopark.org
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents 'FINKS' TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents "FINKS," a comic drama based on the true story of comedian/actor Jack Gilford. Through July 1, times vary. $40-$100. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. theatreworks.org/201718-season
Christian McBride's New Jawn Accomplished jazz artist and host of "Jazz Night in America" on NPR, Christian McBride will perform with his newest ensemble New Jawn, which features two horn players and one drummer. McBride will delve into the piano-less tradition of bands such as those of Gerry Mulligan and Ornette Coleman. June 30, 8-9:30 p.m. $15-$59. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Summer Jazz 32nd Anniversary Concert Series Stanford Shopping Center invites the community to enjoy 10 weeks of rhythm and blues as Summer Jazz celebrates its 32nd anniversary. The series showcases a variety of jazz musicians and local favorites every week in the courtyard between Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel at Stanford Shopping Center. Thursdays through Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular Led by conductor Edwin Outwater, the San Francisco Symphony will accompany fireworks with a performance of music from Star Wars and Pixar, a salute to the Armed Forces and more. Renowned Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins will also perform pop hits. July 4, 8 p.m. $29-$225. Mountain View. sfsymphony.org
The Peralta Consort - Musical Perfomance The Peralta Consort, a nonprofit affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society, will perform mixed ensemble music written before 1800 with a combination of period and modern instruments. June 28, 7-8:30 p.m. $0-$10. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
St. Lawrence String Quartet: International Showcase The International Showcase will feature some of the ensembles participating in the summer St. Lawrence String Quartet's Chamber Music Seminar, a 10-day intensive program for those studying chamber music. June 30, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Festivals & Fairs
Fourth of July Celebration Menlo Park will kick off its annual Fourth of July parade at the Wells Fargo parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street. This parade will be pedestrian-only; motor vehicles will not be permitted. The following celebration at Burgess Park will feature a variety of food and family-friendly activities such as crafts, face painting, rock walls, giant slides, bounce houses and carnival games. July 4, 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free, $8 wristband is required for some activities. Post-parade celebration will take place at 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/4thofjuly
Film Screening: 'Waiting for Kiarostami' "Waiting for Kiarostami," a film inspired by a true story about a medical student who has to choose between her father's wish for her to become a doctor and her own passion to become a singer and actress, will be shown at Stanford's Geology Corner. Hossein Khandan, Iranian-American director of the film, will lead a discussion after the film screening and will be joined by Ana Bayat, one of the film's lead actresses. June 28, 6:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Film Series: Contemporary Ink Painters Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Ink Worlds," films by Britta Erickson from the series "The Enduring Passion for Ink" will be shown. The film features artists like Xu Bing, Zheng Chongbin, Liu Dan, Wang Dongling and Yang Jiechang, whose work is included in the "Ink Worlds" exhibition. June 29, 1-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/programs
Talks & Lectures
Community Coffee with Marc Berman Assembly member Marc Berman and Portola Valley Mayor John Richards will hold a conversation with community members. Coffee will be provided and anyone is invited to share his or her thoughts on community and legislative matters. June 29, 8-9:30 a.m. Roberts Market, 4420 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Cyrus Farivar and Linda Lye on Data & Privacy Technology news site Ars Technica journalist and author of "Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance" Cyrus Farivar and ACLU attorney, Linda Lye will speak about efforts to protect consumers from new tech. Both will talk as part of Kepler's Books' "This is Now" series. June 27, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. 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
The Streets of Menlo Park Historian Bo Crane, author of "The Streets of Menlo Park," will share the fascinating stories about how many of the local streets got their names. July 2, 7-8 p.m. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Terry Brooks Best-selling author Terry Brooks will discuss volume two of his series, "The Skaar Invasion," with Tad Williams. June 30, 4-5:30 p.m. $15-$50. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
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. Through Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Alphabete: The World Through the Eyes of Frederic Bruly Bouabre An original pictographic alphabet as well as brightly colored postcard-size illustrations from contemporary African artist and poet Fredéric Bruly Bouabre will be shown. Through Feb. 25, 2019, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
The Baltic Way: History and Culture in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 1918 Using photographs, posters, correspondence and other documents paired with narrative text, the exhibit attempts to explain the complicated history of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 20th century, and considers their prospects and challenges in the 21st. Ongoing until Aug. 18. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
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
Do Ho Suh: The Spaces in Between In this exhibition, artist Do Ho Suh uses a chandelier, wallpaper and a decorative screen to focus attention on issues of migration and transnational identity. Through Feb. 25, 2019, times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
Portola Art Gallery Presents Jared Sines' 'Home and Away' The Portola Art Gallery presents "Home and Away," colorful oil paintings by Jared Sines. The show presents subjects which carry special meaning to the artist: reflections in the canals of Venice, scenes of rural and urban California and intimate still lifes. Through June 30; Mondays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
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. July 3, 6-8 p.m. $25-$30. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. penvol.org/littlehouse
Morning Tea Community members can drop in for a cup of tea and a treat, and read magazines or gaze out on the native plant garden. June 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lessons & Classes
Tai Chi Ben Dineen teaches tai chi in a class open to all ability levels in the library garden. June 29, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
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