'Equivocation' The Dragon Theatre stages Bill Cain's "Equivocation." Set in 1606 England, the play's main character, Shakespeare, deals with ethical issues surrounding his commission to write a play giving a fictional account of Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder Plot. Produced and directed by Jenny Hollingworth, the show is rated PG-13. Through Aug. 19, times vary. $15-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. dragonproductions.net
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents 'Hold These Truths' TheatreWorks Silicon Valley kicks off its 2018/19 season with "Hold These Truths" by Jeanne Sakata, a true story following Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during WWII. Through Aug. 5, times vary. $35-$60. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org/201819-season
Andrea Motis Quintet with Wycliffe Gordon and the SJW 50/50 Jazz Orchestra Directed by Joan Chamorro, Spanish jazz singer and trumpeter Andrea Motis will return to Stanford Jazz Workshop accompanied by her own band, which will include founder of the famed Sant Andreu Jazz Band, Joan Chamorro. She will also be joined by SJW 50/50 Jazz Orchestra. Aug. 4, 8-10 p.m. $25-$98. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
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.
SJW Jazz Institute Showcase Instrumentalists and vocalists will perform everything from cool jazz to bebop from standards to original songs. Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Summer Concert Series: Haulin' Oats (Hall & Oats Tribute) The Summer Concert Series presented by Facebook features a variety of musical styles from jazz to country to hits of the past and today. Aug. 8, 6:30-8:30- p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive, Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Summer Concert Series: Kenya B Trio (Funk/R&B) 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 at University Drive, 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. Through August 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. simon.com/mall/stanford-shopping-center
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
James Welch Organist James Welch will perform with Erin McOmber, soprano. Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Free. LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. welchorganist.com/pages/appearances.shtml
Larry Vuckovich Jazz/Latin Quartet Jazz pianist legend Larry Vuckovich will play at Portola Vineyards' SummerJazz and be joined by Jeff Chambers on bass, Jason Lewis on drums and Hector Lugo, percussion and vocals. Aug. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. $12-$24. Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Robert Huw Morgan, Organ Robert Huw Morgan, University Organist at Stanford University, will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. Free, $10 donation recommended. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Festivals & Fairs
SRT Film Festival: von Trotta's Marianne and Juliane Stanford Repertory Theater's 20th anniversary season, "Nevertheless They Persisted," features a six-week Monday night film festival. Professor of Theater & Performance Studies and Classics and SRT Artistic Director Rush Rehm will respond to the fifth film, "Margarethe von Trotta's Marianne and Juliane"(1981), a fictionalized account of Gudrun Esslin of the Baader-Meinhoff gang. Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
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 rotisserie 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.
Vote for Our Lives: First Time Voter Education Festival This event will draw first time voters (eligible to vote in the November 2018 election) and provide them with opportunity for voter registration, information about how to vote when away at college, and information on some main issues. There will be live music, food, and panels of speakers that include Stanford professors and politicians including senators. Aug. 4, 6-9 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. redwoodcity.org
Talks & Lectures & Classes
Peninsula Ukulele Group (PUG) Jam Peninsula Ukulele Group will teach residents how to play the learn ukulele and play songs together. Aug. 4, 1:30-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Meg Mezeske at Books Inc. Mountain View Meg Mezeske shares her debut novel, "Red Tea." Jordan Howard moves to the Japanese countryside to become a high school English teacher, not an amateur detective. But when Jordan's students are murdered one after another, she resolves to find the culprit, fueled by lingering guilt over her own brother's death. Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Mountain View, 317 Castro St., Mountain View. booksinc.net/event
Algorithms of Oppression Author Safiya Noble sits down with the museum's Center for Software History Director David C. Brock to discuss her book on how negative biases are embedded in the world's largest search engines. Aug. 8, 6 p.m. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. computerhistory.org/events/upcoming
NYMBC Presents Bree Barton, Andrew Shvarts and Mark Walsh Not Your Mother's Book Club and Writeous Writers presents "The Craft of Storytelling" with Bree Barton, debut author of the YA feminist fantasy Heart of Thorns, and Andrew Shvarts, critically acclaimed author of City of Bastards: Royal Bastards #2. Bree and Andrew will be in conversation with Mark Walsh, Animation Lead for Pixar's "Finding Nemo" and "Ratatouille." Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. booksinc.net/event
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
August Free First Friday The San Mateo County History Museum continues with its "Free First Fridays" offering on Aug. 3, 2018, which will include a preschool craft program at 11 a.m. and an adult tour at 2 p.m. Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. historysmc.org/free-first-fridays
Museums & Exhibits
We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam Rarely seen photographs will be shown at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives' exhibition "We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam." Exploring the interrelationships between art, journalism, and politics, the exhibition features photographs submitted to the Overseas Weekly's Pacific edition--a military tabloid at once beloved by troops and reviled by the Pentagon for its controversial content. Through Dec. 8, times vary. Free. 550 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
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. Through Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
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, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Crystal Springs Trail Run Participants will run through the towering redwoods, lush ferns and trails through Huddart Park, King's Mountain and Bear Gulch. Aug. 4, 9 a.m. $25. Woodside. trailrunner.com/event/crystal-springs-trail-run
Break Through: Women in Silicon Valley, Womenomics in Japan The Break Through conference aims to create a dialogue that will spark innovative ideas for narrowing the gender gap by bringing together women thought leaders and entrepreneurs from Stanford, Silicon Valley and Japan to cultivate interpersonal support networks and collaboration. Aug. 9, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford. aparc.fsi.stanford.edu/events
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