Shakespeare in the Park 2018: A Midsummer Night's Dream Celebrating its 36th year, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings its performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream to downtown Redwood City for three weekends. Shakespeare in the Park offers professional theater in the outdoor setting of Sequoia High School. Aug. 11, 18, 25; 7 p.m. and Aug. 12, 19, 26; 4 p.m. Free. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. redwoodcity.org/shakespeare
TheatreWorks Presents 'Once Upon A Rhyme' in New Works Festival With his community facing the recession, a talented dancer falls hard for the girlfriend of a "gangsta" rapper, threatening his own dreams of hip-hop stardom. This tale of family, identity and the search for truth won the "Best of Fest" Award at the New York Musical Festival. Aug. 12, 16, 19; times vary. $20-$65. Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org/new-works-festival-2018
TheatreWorks Presents 'Pride and Prejudice' in New Works Festival The creator of TheatreWorks' hits Daddy Long Legs and EMMA returns with a musical of the Jane Austen classic, told with a contemporary edge. In this romantic comedy, Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy discover the power of love. Aug. 11, 8-10 p.m. $20 single ticket, festival pass $65 general. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org/new-works-festival-2018
TheatreWorks Presents 'They Promised Her The Moon' in New Works Festival As a part of the New Works Festival, TheatreWorks presents a story of a world record-holding pilot ready to join the space race, if only America will let her: the true story of a woman, Jerrie Cobb, who dreamt of stars. Aug. 14, 8-10 p.m. Single event, $20; Festival passes, $49. Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org/new-works-festival-2018
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Hosts New Works Festival TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 2018 New Works Festival offers audiences an extraordinary opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development, give feedback and participate in a panel discussion with the artists. This year's festival will feature two musicals and two plays, as well as special events. Aug. 10-19, times vary. $49-$95. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org/new-works-initiative
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 today and yesterday. Picnic blankets and food are welcome and there will be room for dancers of all ages. Aug. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive, Menlo Park. menlopark.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=4529&month=8&year=2018&day=8&calType=0
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
Summer Concert Series: Pallejo Seco (Cuban/World Fusion) The Summer Concert Series, presented by Facebook, features a variety of musical styles, from jazz to country to hits of today and yesterday. Aug. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kelly Park, 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Stanford Summer Chorus: A Matter of Life and Death This year's program, "A Matter of Life and Death," will feature Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living (2013) and other choral works by Beethoven, Dello Joio and Tin that touch on similar themes, along with pieces for small ensemble. Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. $10-$20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Festivals & Fairs
Summer Jam Facebook Festivals presents Summer Jam featuring a kids' zone, drinks, culture, art, music, dance, street food, farmers market, artisan vendors and more. Proceeds will benefit local environment and sustainability organizations. Aug. 11, 1-6 p.m. Free. Facebook, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com/events
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 & Classes
Algorithms of Oppression Author Safiya Noble sits down with the Computer History 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
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
Sarah Ladipo Manyika Sarah Ladipo Manyika will read from her latest book, "Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun." There will be time for conversation, accompanied by wine or iced tea and a selection of sweet and savory treats. Aug. 11, 4-6 p.m. $25. Home of Chris Bradshaw, African Library Project founder, 5 Thistle St., Portola Valley.
'Walk with a Doc on SF Bay Trail in Menlo Park' San Mateo County will host a stroll in public spaces with physician volunteers who can answer health-related questions along the way. Aug. 11, 10 a.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Search meetup.com for more info.
Museums & Exhibits
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
Image—Script Stanford University's Department of Art and Art History in conjunction with the Guangdong Museum of Art will present "Image—Script." The exhibition, including project faculty director Xiaoze Xie and curator Lu Zihua, will feature selected worked from the video collections of the Guangdong Museum of Art. Artists featured will include Cai Hui, Cao Fei, Huang Xiaopeng, Jiang Zhi, Liang Juhui, Ou Ning, Wang Shaoqiang and Zhou Tao. Tuesdays to Sundays through Aug. 26, 12-6 p.m. Free. 419 Lasuen 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. Through Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
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. Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
SRT Film Festival: von Trotta's Hannah Arendt Stanford Repertory Theater's 20th anniversary season, "Nevertheless They Persisted," features a six-week Monday night film festival. Stanford Theater and performance studies chair and professor Branislav Jakovljevic responds to the sixth and final film, Margarethe von Trotta's "Hannah Arendt" (2012). Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 376 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
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