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Arts & Entertainment - August 15, 2018



'Equivocation' In this story set in 1606 England, King James' righthand man William Cecil commissions William Shagspeare to write the "true historie" of Guy Fawkes' infamous Gunpowder Plot. As Shag investigates the story, he discovers that the government's version might be less than truthful. "Equivocation" is a high-stakes drama with contemporary resonances. Through Aug. 19, times vary. $15-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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. 16, 8 p.m. and Aug. 19, 7 p.m. $20-$65. Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

TheatreWorks Presents 'Pride and Prejudice' in New Works Festival Theater company TheatreWorks will return with a musical of "Pride and Prejudice," a Jane Austen classic told through a contemporary lens. Aug. 15 and 18, 8-10 p.m. $20-$65. Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

TheatreWorks Presents 'They Promised Her The Moon' in New Works Festival As 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 dreamed of stars. Aug. 18, noon. Single event, $20; Festival passes, $49. Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.


Portola Valley Summer Concert Series The final installation of the Portola Valley Summer Concert Series will present Extra Large, which specializes in funk, Latin spice and reggae. Aug. 16, 6 p.m. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Summer Concert Series: Monreal Latin Jazz (Latin Jazz/Funk) Monreal Latin Jazz, a quintet led by guitarist, composer and music teacher Sebastian Monreal, will perform at the Summer Concert Series. The group blends different rhythms and styles of Central and South America. Aug. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Kelly Park, 100 Terminal Ave., 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 through August 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.

Charged Particles: Benefit concert for Eastside College Prep Portola Vineyards' SummerJazz will stage a benefit concert for Eastside College Preparatory School, a no-tuition private high school in East Palo Alto. The concert will be held beside the vineyard in the Palo Alto foothills and will feature jazz group Charged Particles. Aug. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. $12-$50. Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley. Search for more info.

Samantha Belding & Maya Segal Live Music Local singer Samantha Belding will perform her favorite musical theater songs at Cafe Zoe. She will be joined by Maya Segal, who will accompany her on electric guitar. They will be donating all performer proceeds from the show to March for Our Lives. Aug. 18, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Festivals & Fairs

SGS Summer Film Festival: 'A Season in France' The Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival will screen "A Season in France," a film about a family of refugees immigrating to France. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Rebecca Wall, a post-doctoral candidate at Stanford University's department of history. Aug. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 320, Stanford. Search for more info.

SGS Summer Film Festival: 'The Summer of La Boyita' The Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival will screen "The Summer of La Boyita," an Argentinian film in which a young girl travels with her father to the countryside and meets her lifelong playmate. The film will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Hector Hoyos, an associate professor at Stanford University's Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. Aug. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 320, Stanford. Search for more info.

Talks & Lectures

Dr. Daniel Siegel Author Dr. Daniel Siegel will illustrate tools for people at any level of meditation to help cultivate more focus and presence in their day-to-day lives. Aug. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$50. Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Search 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.

Tomorrow's Computers: More Moore? Center for Software History Director David C. Brock will lead a conversation with Intel senior fellow and Director of Process Architecture and Integration Mark Bohr and William Chappell, director of the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), about the status of Moore's Law, the limits of silicon and the emerging alternative technologies that will shape the future of computing. Aug. 15, 6 p.m. Free-$8. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

'Out of Anger: The Battle Between Self-Control and Out of Control' "Out of Anger: The Battle Between Self-Control and Out of Control" will feature the filmed story of Jerry Hartman, whose ongoing anger issues led him in and out of prison until he was at last accused of assault with a deadly weapon. Participants will discover what practical tools helped Hartman learn how to control his anger and transform his life. Aug. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., West Menlo Park.

Maryose Wood at Books Inc. Palo Alto Author Maryrose Wood will be present for an event celebrating the final book in her middle-grade series, "The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book VI: The Long-Lost Home." Aug. 18, 2-4 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Rhys Bowen at Books Inc. Palo Alto New York Times-bestselling author Rhys Bowen will share her new novel, "Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding: Royal Spyness Mystery #12." Aug. 16, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.


Summer Nights: Kids Night Out The Filoli Gardens will host a Summer Nights event for youth. The event will include a bubble machine, old-fashioned lawn games, Popsicles for sale and will feature live music by children's performers Andy Z. and the Andyland Band and Irish Salvage and Craic. There will also be lip-balm making with beekeeper Kendal Sager, a sunset hike for an additional fee and an orchard tour for members only. Aug. 16, 5-8 p.m. Free-$22. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

'Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse' The San Mateo County History Museum will present "Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse," which will include craft activities for children, historical reenactments and Victorian tea, finger sandwiches and scones. The tea will end with a short Victorian fashion show. Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free-$5. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Museums & Exhibits

Alphabete: The World Through the Eyes of Frederic Bruly Bouabre The Cantor Arts Center will display Frederic Bruly Bouabre's artwork. The exhibit will show Bouabre's original pictographic alphabet and brightly colored postcard-size illustrations. Through Feb. 25, times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

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, times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

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, features 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, noon-6 p.m. Free. Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Search for more info.

Susan Richardson: 'Enchanted Conversations and Broken Dreams' Art Ventures Gallery will feature a solo exhibit of the work of artist Susan Richardson. The exhibit, called "Enchanted Conversations and Broken Dreams," will be showing her current body of work inspired by "The Great Gatsby" and "Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. There will be an opening reception on Aug. 15, 6:30-9 p.m., and a closing reception on Sept. 15, 3-5 p.m. Exhibit runs from Aug. 15-Sept. 18. Free. Art Ventures Gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

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.

Home & Garden

Native Gardening in Containers - A CNPS Talk by Pete Veilleux Nurseryman and photographer Pete Veilleux will teach participants in his workshop how to creatively use and decorate containers to grow native plants. Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Free. Downtown library community room, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.


Employment Development Department (EDD) Labor Market Information Educational nonprofit JobTrain will be hosting a workshop about the basics of how to effectively use Labor Market Information (LMI) as a tool to make informed, accurate decisions and how to get a job. Aug. 16, 2-4 p.m. Free. JobTrain, 1200 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park. Search for more info.


Tour de Menlo The 16th Annual Tour de Menlo, a bike tour starting from Menlo-Atherton High School, will be a fully supported ride with water, rest stops and lunch provided by Lutticken's Deli in Menlo Park. All proceeds will go to Rotary need-based college scholarships and nonprofits including the Boys and Girls Club, Second Harvest Food Bank, Life Moves and many others. Aug. 18, 7 a.m. $60-$75. Starts at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.


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