Diana Gruber Local Jazz vocalist, Diana Gruber collaborates with accompanist Mark Goldstein, a graduate of Johns Hopkins' Peabody School of Music, to present an evening of jazz standards and more. Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m. $30. Gruber residence, 205 Pope St., Menlo Park. Search brownpapertickets.com for more info.
Aurora Mandolin Orchestra The Aurora Mandolin Orchestra continues a tradition of mandolin music that flourished in San Francisco's North Beach area in the mid-20th century. The orchestra kicks off the 2019 Filoli Ballroom Cultural Series. Jan. 6, 3-5 p.m. $22-$30. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org/event/aurora-mandolin-orchestra
Talks & Lectures
'Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs: the Independent Evolutions of Powered Flight' The Menlo Park Library hosts a presentation by biologist Maria Viteri of Stanford's Hadly Lab, who discusses how vertebrates got off the ground. Jan. 9, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/birds
Mark Bittner and Judy Irving: The 'Wild Parrots' Whisperers Filmmaker Judy Irving and author Mark Bittner, the duo made famous by their work (his book, her documentary film), "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" discuss their journey, their current projects and the San Francisco birds that still live not so far away from them. Jan. 5, 11 a.m. Free. City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
'Re-New Year Organizing and De-cluttering' Professional organizer Wendy Quaccia gives a talk, with time for Q&A, exploring new ideas for transforming the challenging areas of the home into desirable living spaces. The talk focuses on how organizing a space, room or entire home can be life-changing. Jan. 5, 1-2 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Museums & Exhibits
Alphabete: The World Through the Eyes of Frederic Bruly Bouabre The Cantor Arts Center displays Frederic Bruly Bouabre's artwork. The exhibit shows 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. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
'Blackboard' "Blackboard" brings together works that imitate, resemble or feature a blackboard, to consider the relationship between art and education. The "blackboards" on view interrogate schooling, authority, literacy, form and color. Through Jan. 27. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
BayLUG's 15th Annual Holiday Show BayLUG's 15th Annual Holiday Show presents holiday scenes in a miniature Lego city. This event is family friendly. Through Jan. 13, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $3. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
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, times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
Flight Simulator Rally The Flight Simulator Rally, held monthly in the Hiller Aviation Museum's Flight Sim Zone, presents participants with a specific mission in simulated flight. Each 30-minute session provides ample time for participants to learn a particular flight, then ends with a challenge flight. Jan. 6, 2-4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. hiller.org/event/fszrally
January Free First Friday The San Mateo County History Museum continues its "Free First Fridays" program. Two programs are planned for the public without any fees. At 11 a.m., preschool children are invited to learn about automobiles and will make paper license plates to take home. Then museum staff conduct a special program within its "Journey to Work" gallery where kids hear the story, "Cars Rushing! Honking! Zooming!" At 2 p.m., museum docents lead tours of the museum for adults. Jan. 4, 10 a.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, San Mateo. visithalfmoonbay.org/events
Kahlil Joseph: 'BLKNWS' Kahlil Joseph, a visiting artist in the new Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts program, presents his work "BLKNWS," a two-channel video projection that blurs the lines between art, journalism, entrepreneurship and cultural critique. Through June 16, times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
Open Cockpit Day On Open Cockpit Days the doors and canopies of many aircraft in the museum's collection open to allow visitors to sit inside and explore the controls and instruments needed to fly these aircraft. Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with admission. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. hiller.org/event/open-cockpit-day
'Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age' The Cantor Arts Center's exhibition considers how nature was depicted by American artists from the 1880s to 1910, an era of unprecedented industrialization and urban development. Through landscapes, portraits and still lifes, the exhibition delves into the importance of nature for artists and the public. Through Aug. 25, times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
Public Tour: 'Contact Warhol: Photography Without End' The exhibition brings to life Warhol's many interactions with the social and celebrity elite of his time with portraits of stars such as Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli and Dolly Parton; younger sensations in the art world such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat; and political stars, including Nancy Reagan, Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Select days through Jan. 6, 2:30 p.m. Free. 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Public Tour: 'Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age' This exhibit focuses on how nature was depicted by American artists from the 1880s to 1910, during a time of industrialization and urban development. Tours do not require a reservation. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
'Vintage Toys: It's Child's Play!' The museum presents a variety of antique toys that belonged to children in the past. This exhibition covers the origins of playtime, toy factories, toy trains, builder toys and more, and aims to evoke childhood memories over the decades. Through Feb. 17, times vary. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. moah.org
Portola Art Gallery Presents 'Artistic Journeys' The Portola Art Gallery presents "Artistic Journeys," a joint exhibition by Inna Cherneykina and Jan Prisco. The exhibition of oil and pastel paintings includes colorful still life and landscape scenes from the artists' collections. Through Jan. 31, Mondays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Film Screening: 'Pelican Dreams' The Menlo Park Library screens a documentary by "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," director Judy Irving, who this time follows an injured pelican from its "arrest" on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a rehab facility and beyond. Jan. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/birds
Film Screening: 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill' The Menlo Park Library hosts a screening of the award-winning documentary "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," following a flock of urban parrots in San Francisco, and the aging bohemian who befriends, feeds and names them. Jan. 2, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/birds
First Friday in Woodside: 1906 in San Francisco/Two Rare Films Woodside's Arts and Culture Committee presents two motion pictures, first of San Francisco's main street just four days before the 1906 earthquake, followed by a recently rediscovered second film that chronicled the immediate aftermath. Film historian David Kiehn of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and Rick Laubscher of the transit preservation group Market Street Railway share behind-the-scenes stories of these films. Jan. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. woodsideartandculture.org
Mushroom Specialty Tours Filoli's mushroom hikes are intended for visitors new to the world of mushrooms and enthusiasts interested in discovering what fungi are fruiting on Filoli's nature preserve. Visitors learn about the important ecosystems of fungi and how to spot mushrooms on the forest floor. This 90-minute hike traverses 2-3 miles of uneven terrain including moderate hills. The trails are not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Bring water, walking shoes and clothing for light rain. Heavy rain cancels the hike. Children 5 and older are welcome to attend. Jan. 8-Feb. 16, Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org/event/mushroom-specialty-tours
Ask the Career Advisor Jobtrain career advisors offer one-on-one help to those that drop-in. Services range from career guidance to assistance with job searching. Jan. 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Jobtrain, 1200 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Computer Literacy Class The computer literacy program is a one-week course that focuses on function, programs, creating an e-mail account and using and understanding the Internet. Beginning Jan. 7, 1 p.m. Free. Jobtrain, 1200 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.