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Arts & Entertainment - January 9, 2019



Benefit Concert for LightHouse for the Blind Steve and Anne Gill along with Menlo School alumni present the 17th annual benefit concert for The LightHouse for the Blind, "The 1950s—When Broadway Ruled." Proceeds will help rebuild The Enchanted Hills Camp, which lost half of its buildings in the 2017 Napa fires. Jan. 12 and 13, 7:30-9 p.m. $20 requested donation. Spieker Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents 'Frost/Nixon' TheatreWorks Silicon Valley kicks off the new year with the Tony and Olivier Award-nominated drama "Frost/Nixon." Directed by Leslie Martinson. Jan. 16, 8-9:30 p.m. $40-$100. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.


Diane Milo: 'With a Little Help from my Friends' The Pear Flambe Cabaret series continues with Diane Milo's "With a Little Help from my Friends." Featuring Bay Area vocalists, this event is also a farewell performance celebrating Milo's 24 years of musical theater. Jan. 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25-$30. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Search for more info.

Branford Marsalis Quartet The Branford Marsalis Quartet performs live at Stanford on Jan. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $42-$72. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.


Manzil ke Andaaz: Kathak solo by Athena Nair Dancer Athena Nair will perform different aspects of Kathak, Indian classical dance, accompanied by musicians. Jan. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $8-$14. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Search for more info.

Festivals & Fairs

Kids' Carnival Hiller Aviation Museum's special program for kids features aircraft checkouts, cockpit exploration, glider and helicopter construction and more. Jan. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Free with admission. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos.

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.

'From Columbine to Parkland: Is This the New Normal?' A Fireside Chat with retired Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis and MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister An open conversation about violence, guns, schools, student mental health and more. DeAngelis shares his experience as the principal of Columbine before, during and after the 1999 shooting. Jan. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park.


Second Sunday: Family Day Family Day at Stanford's art center features hands-on art, gallery talks, story time and more. For all ages. Jan. 13, 11 a.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Search for more info.

'The Wonders of Wool' In this class participants explore the history of wool use around the world, interact with sheep and use some Hidden Villa wool to create crafts to take home. Jan. 13, 1:30-3 p.m. $25. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

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.

'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.

BayLUG's 15th Annual Holiday Show BayLUG's 15th Annual Holiday Show spresents 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.

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.

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.

'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.

'Vintage Toys: It's Child's Play!' The museum presents a variety of antique toys that belonged to children of 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.

'Wings Over Redwood City: Origins of San Mateo County Aviation' The San Mateo County History Museum presents historian Barbara Wilcox who conducts an illustrated discussion, "Wings Over Redwood City: Origins of San Mateo County Aviation." Wilcox acquaints the audience with the story of San Mateo County's earliest aviation days, how Redwood City lost out to Mills Field — today's San Francisco International Airport — and how locals can explore that history today. Jan. 12, 1-3 p.m. Free, with museum admission ($4-$6). San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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.

Public Access TV Station Tour Midpen Media Center offers tours so residents can get to know their local public access station. The studio is full HD and ready to create community programming. There are also youth programs offered. Jan. 10, 22; 6 p.m. Free. Midpen Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

Food & Drink

Portola Valley Farmers Market Portola Valley Farmers Market offers locally grown organic produce, prepared foods and artisan crafts at the town center, with parking available. Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. Free. Portola Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Lessons & Classes

Kids: Paper-cup Parrots The Menlo Park Library hosts a workshop for kids ages 3-5, where they create paper-cup parrots. Jan. 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

'Effective Job Search' Jobtrain shows job seekers how to tap into the job market and to take advantage of various resources. Jan. 15, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Jobtrain, 1200 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Health & Wellness

Classic Moms Run Club: A Running Support Group The classic Moms Run Club meets weekly for six weeks to jog and chat for 3 miles. Weekly topics are given for the group to discuss, but the discussion topics are flexible. Through Feb. 9, Saturdays, 8 a.m. $60 for all six meetups per participant. Lake Lagunita, Mayfield and Lomita, Stanford.

Outdoor Recreation

'Attracting Birds to Your Garden' The Menlo Park Library hosts experts from the UC Master Gardener Program of San Mateo and San Francisco counties, sharing information on how to create an aesthetically pleasing and sustainable garden that attracts local birds. Jan. 14, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., West Menlo Park.

Junior Rangers: 'All About Birds' Join a San Mateo County Park ranger for an introduction to birds and birding. Learn how to identify birds by their coloration, shape and behavior through activities. Participants dissect an owl pellet as well. Jan. 15, 4-5 p.m. Free. 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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.


After School Culinary Adventures This program teaches teens creative ways farmers utilize their products all year round. They prepare nutritious recipes using fresh, seasonal produce. No previous experience required. Jan. 15, 4-6 p.m. $375. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

NYMBC Presents Kiersten White & Adrienne Young at Palo Alto Not Your Mother's Book Club presents New York Times-bestselling author Kiersten White in celebration of "Slayer," book one in her new series set in the world of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Kiersten will be in conversation with Adrienne Young, author of the fantasy "Sky in the Deep." Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Home & Garden

Bread Baking Collect herbs from Hidden Villa's education garden, sift flour, knead the dough and enjoy breaking bread in the company of others. Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $30. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Camellia Specialty Tours On this guided garden walk, participants learn about the special characteristics of many varieties of camellias, including fragrance, blooming months, where they fit in the landscape design and the history of camellias at Filoli, some of which are more than 70 years old. Through Feb. 21, times vary. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

'Green Clean': using non-toxic products at Portola Valley Library Cynthia Knowles of San Mateo County's Environmental Health Services will discuss techniques to clean safely and green for a pest- and mold-free home. Sign up at the branch by calling 650-851-0560 to go home with a green cleaning kit. While supplies last. Jan. 10, 11:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Greenhouse Specialty Tours Tour Filoli's historic greenhouses with a Filoli docent. Learn the history of the greenhouses and nursery, their historic and present uses and view the plant collections. Through Feb. 16, Fridays and Saturdays, 2-3:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Video and Discussion: 'Restoring Nature's Relationships,' a talk by Doug Tallamy Participants learn how and why to change the landscape to support birds, butterflies and biodiversity. Talk followed by discussion. Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Search for more info.


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