'Nevertheless They Persisted': Euripides' Hecuba/Helen Stanford Repertory Theater will perform "Nevertheless They Persisted," an adaptation of Euripides' Hecuba and Helen. July 26, 8 p.m. $15-$25; discount for students and unemployed. Roble Studio Theater, 375 Santa Teresa St., Stanford. arts.stanford.edu/event
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents 'Hold These Truths' TheatreWorks Silicon Valley kicks off its 2018-19 season with "Hold These Truths" by Jeanne Sakata, a fact-based story following Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during World War II. July 11-Aug. 5, times vary. $35-$60. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org/201819-season
'Zac and Siah, or Jesus in a Body Bay' by Jeffrey Lo The Dragon Theatre will have a staged reading of "Zac and Siah, or Jesus in a Body Bag," a dark comedy retelling of the resurrection of Jesus. July 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $5-$10. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. dragonproductions.net
Overture 2/2: Mozart and Mendelssohn, Plus Meet-the-Artists Wine Reception Music@Menlo will inaugurate the new series of Overture Concerts, in which young International Program artists collaborate with established chamber musicians. The program will include Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor and Mendelssohn's String Octet in E-flat major and feature artists like the M-Prize winning Calidore String Quartet. Aug. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $32. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Search meetup.com for more info.
Taylor Eigsti Trio and Friends Pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti will perform music with some of his closest friends and longtime band mates. July 31, 8-9:30 p.m. $15-$59. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Lunar Octet Ann Arbor-based Lunar Octet will play jazz, Cuban and Puerto Rican salsa, rock, African high-life music and Brazilian sambas. The band performs mostly original compositions and arrangements with a strong focus on soloists' improvisations. Portola Vineyards will pour tastes of its wines; wine-tasting is included in the price of an adult ticket. July 29, 6-7:30 p.m. $12-$24. Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Summer Concert Series: Kenya B Trio The Kenya B Trio will play jazzy blues, funk originals and original arrangement of blues, jazz, funk and soul from 20th century artists as part of the Summer Concert Series. Aug. 1, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive, Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Summer Concert Series: Rachel Steele As part of Menlo Park's Summer Concert Series, Rachel Steele and Road 88 will perform at Fremont Park. July 25, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. menlopark.org
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 through Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. simon.com/mall/stanford-shopping-center
Charles McPherson Quintet Alto saxophonist Charles McPherson will perform traditional jazz with his band. July 29, 8-9:30 p.m. $15-$59. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Concert Program VII: Vienna The 2018 season's final concert program will pay homage to Vienna with works by Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, and Schoenberg. Aug. 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20-$72. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. musicatmenlo.org
Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet Afro-Cuban saxophone and chekeré (a West African percussion instrument) player Yosvany Terry will share new compositions and arrangements with a band. July 30, 8-9:30 p.m. $15-$59. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Carte Blanche Concert IV: Paul Neubauer and Michael Brown Violist Paul Neubauer and pianist Michael Brown collaborate for Music@Menlo's season's final Carte Blanche Concert. The program will include Dmitry Shostakovich's Viola Sonata and works from English composer Benjamin Dale. July 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35-$82. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. musicatmenlo.org
Classical Guitarist Yuri Liberzon Russian-born and Israeli-raised recording artist Yuri Liberzon will perform classical guitar. July 26, 7 p.m. $10; free for members. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Concert Program IV: Leipzig Music@Menlo musicians will perform pieces written by composers who lived in Leipzig, Germany. Performers include contralto Sara Couden, harpsichordist Gil Kalish, violinist Alexi Kenney, violists Matthew Lipman and Paul Neubauer, cellists David Requiero and Keith Robinson and others. July 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $35-$82; discount for attendees under 30. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. musicatmenlo.org
Concert Program V: 'Berlin' Music@Menlo will explore Berlin's musical history with their concert "Berlin," featuring works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Artists will include the M-Prize winning Calidore String Quartet, pianists Wu Han and Gilles Vonsattel and San Francisco Opera flutist Stephanie McNab. July 28-29, 6-8 p.m. $20-$72. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. musicatmenlo.org
Dena DeRose Trio with Anat Cohen Jazz pianist and singer Dena DeRose and her band will be joined by Israeli jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen. Both will re-create jazz standards in their joint performance. July 28, 8 p.m. $15-$49. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Encounter III: Budapest and Vienna Scholar John R. Hale will make his Music@Menlo debut, leading the season's final Encounter — an exploration of two Central European capitals. July 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25-$52. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. musicatmenlo.org
Jazz Brazil: Anat Cohen / Romero Lubambo / Vitor Goncalves Clarinetist Anat Cohen will perform Brazilian-style music with guitarist Romero Lubambo and accordionist and pianist Vitor Goncalves. July 25, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$59; discount for Stanford Jazz Workshop members. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Festivals & Fairs
SRT Film Festival: von Trotta's 'Katherina Blum' As part of Stanford Repertory Theater's 20th anniversary season, "Nevertheless They Persisted," Margarethe von Trotta's "The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum" will be screened. Stanford Professor of German Studies and Theater & Performance Studies Matthew Wilson Smith will respond to the film. July 30, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. 376 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
'Frankenswine' The Menlo Park Belle Haven Library Branch will host a performance by Puppet Art Theater, presenting its show "Frankenswine" about a pig on a quest for a brain. July 29, 2-2:40 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Belle Haven Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Silly Goose & Val The Menlo Park Belle Haven Library will host a performance by Silly Goose and Val, a musical show with puppets, ventriloquism, dancing and singing. July 25, 4-4:50 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Belle Haven Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Talks & Lectures
Book Launch with Meg Waite Clayton Author Meg Waite Clayton will discuss her new novel "Beautiful Exiles," which explores the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn. July 31, 7-9 p.m. $24.95 Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. booksinc.net/event
Andy Weir: Author of 'The Martian' and 'Artemis' Andy Weir, author of "The Martian" and "Artemis," will discuss how he combines his love of space, science and humor to create science fiction novels. July 31, 7-8 p.m. $5-$40. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim-American woman in hijab to compete for the U.S. in the Olympic Games and the first female Muslim-American to medal at the Olympic Games, will discuss her new book "Proud." "Proud" tells the story of how Muhammad overcame obstacles and racism throughout her career. She will be in conversation with Hana Baba, host of KALW's Crosscurrents. July 29, 3-4:30 p.m. $10-$35. 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. St. Patrick's Seminary & University, Redon Hall, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. sriorganon.com
USGS July Evening Public Lecture in Menlo Park United States Geological Survey Research Chemist Charles Alpers will give a lecture about Iron Mountain, an acid mine drainage environment in California. July 26, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar
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 through July 31, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
Portola Art Gallery Presents Jerry Peters' 'On the Road in Nova Scotia' The Portola Art Gallery will present "On the Road in Nova Scotia," paintings by Palo Alto artist Jerry Peters. The primary paintings in the show are inspired by photos taken on a three month road trip around the U.S. and Canada in 2005. A reception will be held Aug. 4, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
Film Screening: 'Eva Hesse' A documentary about artist Eva Hesse's life will be screen at the Denning Family Resource Center, Anderson Collection at Stanford University. July 26, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Film Screening: 'The Teacher' The Menlo Park Library will present a screening of the Czech dark comedy "The Teacher," about an instructor who manipulates parents into doing favors for her in exchange for their children's good grades. July 31, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
I Will Survive: Profiles in Courage: Stanford Pegasus Physician Writers The Pegasus Physician Writers will honor Rebecca Hall, metastatic breast cancer patient and advocate for funding and research. The group will show the short film "Bare" and read works by Stanford physician Jessica Les, medical student Paige Qin and Medicine & the Muse's Jacqueline Genovese. July 26, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa, Palo Alto.
Stanford Summer Human Rights Series: 'Tomorrow' The Stanford Summer Human Rights program will screen "Tomorrow," a documentary about already implemented solutions for global climate change. The film will be moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera as Witness Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival, UNAFF. Aug. 2, 7-9 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 370 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
'Wounded Warriors: When War Comes Home' Bethany Church will run a program called "Wounded Warriors: When War Comes Home," which features a screening of an interview with a military veteran who had PTSD after returning home from the Iraq war. July 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., West Menlo Park.
Stanford Summer Human Rights Series: 'Trashed' The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program will screen "Trashed," which explores issues surrounding waste and sustainability. July 26, 7-9 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 370 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
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