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Arts & Entertainment - July 4, 2018



SRT Film Festival: Cacoyannis' 'Electra' Stanford Repertory Theater's 20th anniversary season, "Nevertheless They Persisted," will feature a six-week Monday night film festival. Professor of Theater and Performance Studies and Classics and SRT Artistic Director Rush Rehm will respond to the festival's first film, Michael Cacoyannis' 1962 Greek film "Electra." July 9, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search for more info.

SGS Summer Film Festival: 'Like Father, Like Son' As part of the annual Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival, Japanese movie "Like Father, Like Son" will be screened at the Geology Corner. The film centers around a father's tough decision after learning that his son is not biologically his own due to a hospital error. The film screening will be followed by an audience Q&A session with Stanford Japanese lecturer Natalia Konstantinovskaia regarding the movie, Japanese culture and language and more. July 11, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search for more info.


Summer Concert Series: Vintage Jukebox (Jazz) The Summer Concert Series will feature a variety of musical styles from jazz to country to hits of today. Vintage Jukebox, a six-piece swing era big band of jazz musicians in the Bay Area, will perform an extensive catalog of the works of legendary songwriters like Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. July 11, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Corner of University and Santa Cruz, Menlo Park.

Summer Jazz 32nd Anniversary Concert Series Stanford Shopping Center hosts weekly rhythm and blues concerts showcasing a variety of jazz musicians and local favorites in the courtyard between Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel. Thursdays between June 21 and Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.

4th 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. Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins will also perform pop hits. July 4, 8 p.m. $29-$225. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.

Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski Jazz piano virtuoso Dick Hyman and woodwind master Ken Peplowski will perform at the Campbell Recital Hall. July 6, 8-9:30 p.m. $15-$56. Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lausen Mall, Stanford. Search for more info.

Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel and the Zookeepers Stanford Jazz Workshop founder Jim Nadel and some of the Bay Area's jazz musicians will present an informative introduction to jazz in a kid-friendly environment. After the show, kids will be able to touch and play the instruments heard onstage. July 7, 10-11:30 a.m. Free-$24. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Search for more info.

Merola Opera Program Presents Schwabacher Summer Concert San Francisco's Merola Opera Program will launch its 61st season. Merola's young artists will perform staged scenes from "Vanessa," "Il tabarro," "Don Giovanni" and "Les pecheurs de perles" in the Schwabacher Summer Concert at the Bing Concert Hall. July 7, 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

Wendy Waller House Concert Wendy Waller, longtime Bay Area vocalist, performer and instructor, will perform live at a one-night-only house concert in Menlo Park, singing blues and jazz with a roots vibe. The concert, which also features guitarist Scott Sorkin and bassist Richard Girard, will be hosted by Dala's Nest House Concerts. July 7, 7-9 p.m. $20. Dala's Nest House Concerts, O'Connor Street, Menlo Park.


Folk Singing with Adam Miller Folksinger, storyteller and auto harp virtuoso, Adam Miller, will perform at the Portola Valley Library. Miller has performed, bringing history to life and explaining American folklore and traditions in sing-song form, in over 2000 American libraries since 1995. July 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Festivals & Fairs

4th 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 and motor vehicles will not be permitted. The subsequent 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. Admission is free but a $8 wristband is required for some activities. July 4, 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Parade (Santa Cruz Ave.) Celebration (Burgess Park), Parade Begins: Santa Cruz Ave and Chestnut Street Celebration: 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

Portola Valley Farmers' Market Year-round Thursday farmers' market features fresh fruits and vegetables, berries, specialty foods, fresh artisan baked goods, farm meats and eggs, honey, jams, nuts and nut butters, prepared foods, hot Roli Roti Chickens, made-to-order crepes, tamales, crafts and body products. Thursdays, 2-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Talks & Lectures

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.

Author Event: Chessy Prout & Jenn Abelson Teen survivor and advocate Chessy Prout will talk about her new memoir, "I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope," with co-author Jenn Abelson, an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe Spotlight Team. July 7, 4-6 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Book Launch with Ellison Cooper at Palo Alto Former murder investigator for the Washington, D.C., Public Defenders Service, Ellison Cooper will celebrate the book launch for her debut thriller, "Caged." July 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Meghan Flaherty at Books Inc. Palo Alto Local writer Meghan Flaherty will share her book, "Tango Lessons: A Memoir." July 12, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.


An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July In conjunction with the popular Redwood City parade, the San Mateo County History Museum will present an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. Children will be invited to hand-crank ice cream and make traditional Independence Day crafts to take home with them. July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$3. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long at Movies on the Square 2018 A new sing-along version of "Beauty and the Beast" will be shown as part of Redwood City's Movies on the Square series. July 12, 8:30 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

San Mateo County History Museum's 'Free First Friday' The San Mateo County History Museum will continue with its "Free First Fridays" in which admission is free for the entire day. Two free programs will also be offered, including a preschool craft program at 11 a.m. and an adult tour at 2 p.m. Every Friday starting July 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Science Tellers The Menlo Park Belle Haven Library will host a presentation for grade school students by Science Tellers, who mix storytelling with science experiments. July 11, 4-4:50 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.

Museums & Exhibits

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 20st century and considers their prospects and challenges in the 21st. Ongoing until Aug. 18. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search 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.

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.


Portola Art Gallery Presents 'A Summer Bouquet' — A Collection of Flower Paintings in Pastel and Oil by Linda Salter The Portola Art Gallery will present "A Summer Bouquet," a collection of flower paintings in pastel and oil by Linda Salter. The gallery will be open July 3-31, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A reception for the artist will be held July 21, 1-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Food & Drink

Morning Tea Drop in for a cup of tea and a treat, and read magazines or gaze out on the native plant garden. July 6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Lessons & Classes

Tai Chi Ben Dineen teaches tai chi a class open to all ability levels in the library garden. July 6, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.


Adult Volleyball (Drop-In) Drop in for a pick up volleyball game. Drop-in or membership fee also covers entrance to the Fitness Center at Red Morton Community Center. $5. Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.


'The New Electricity': A Conversation with Andrew Ng Andrew Ng, former head of Baidu's AI Lab and the Google Brain project, will join the Computer History Museum to discuss the potential economic and social impact of artificial intelligence, the research and entrepreneurship opportunities AI is creating and the technologies driving rapid growth in the field. July 11, 6 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.


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