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Arts & Entertainment - February 13, 2019



'American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose' Los Altos Stage Company rings in the new year with "American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose," a provocative mix of past and present, stereotype and truth. Through Feb. 17, times vary. $20-$38. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

'Babe the Sheep Pig' Peninsula Youth Theater presents "Babe the Sheep Pig," based on the book by Dick King Smith. A sensory-friendly performance for families with special needs is being held in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 16. Tickets and pre-visit guide available online. Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m. $10. Peninsula Youth Theater, 2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

Lamplighter Music Theatre's 'A Little Night Music' Lamplighters Music Theatre presents "A Little Night Music," the musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler about three couples and their romances. Feb. 16, 2-4:30 p.m., 8-10:30 p.m. and Feb. 17, 2-4:30 p.m. $26-$56; discounts for seniors, groups, students. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Go to and search for "Lamplighters"

'Spending the End of the World on OkCupid' In this play, a modern-day prophet predicts the disappearance of half the world's population and warns those remaining that they are the next to go. With 12 hours to live, some spend time with their loved ones; others spend the end of the world on OkCupid, a dating website. Through Feb. 17, times vary. $15-$35. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Verdi's 'I due Foscari' West Bay Opera presents a fully staged production of Verdi's early masterpiece "I due Foscari" featuring Venetian carnival ballet, period costumes, orchestra and chorus. Feb. 15, 17, 23 and 24; showtimes vary. $35-$85; senior, student and group discounts. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Stanford Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare's comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Spaces may be reserved online. Feb. 21-23, times vary. Free. Elliot Program Center, 589 Governor's Ave., Stanford. Go to

Talks & Lectures

Susan Dennard Author Susan Dennard speaks on her latest epic fantasy novel, "Bloodwitch." RSVP requested. Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Go to


Mid-Peninsula Teacher Town Hall: Can We Solve the Teacher Housing Crisis? Supervisor Joe Simitian and Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller moderate a panel discussion about the housing crisis for teachers with Edith Salvatore, president of Sequoia District Teachers Association; Sarah Chaffin, founder of; Armando Sanchez, executive director of HEART (Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County); and Maya Perkins, expert on regional housing and transportation. Feb. 13, 4-6 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Go to

Smuin Presents 'Dance Series 01' Smuin continues its 25th anniversary season with the return of Dance Series 01, a program pushing the boundaries of contemporary ballet. Feb. 21-24, times vary. $58-$75. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Museums & Exhibits

Alphabete: The World Through the Eyes of Frederic Bruly BouabreThe exhibit displays an original pictographic alphabet as well as brightly colored postcard-size illustrations from contemporary African artist and poet Frederic Bruly Bouabre. Through March 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

'Asian Art Now' Pacific Art League presents "Asian Art Now," an exhibition featuring works by local and internationally recognized artists May Shei, Yu Chun-Hui and Stella Zhang. Through Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sundays. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

The Dancing Sowei: Performing Beauty in Sierra Leone This exhibition focuses on a sowei mask, used by the women-only Sande Society that is unique to Sierra Leone. Through April 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Do Ho Suh: The Spaces in Between Artist Do Ho Suh uses a chandelier, wallpaper and a decorative screen to focus attention on issues of migration and transnational identity. Through May 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Kahlil Joseph: BLKNWS Kahlil Joseph, a visiting artist in the 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.

Public Tour: 'Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age' The Cantor Arts Center exhibition focuses on how nature was depicted by American artists from the 1880s to 1910, during a time of industrialization and urban development. Through Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays; tours held Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.


Portola Art Gallery Presents 'Variations on a Theme' "Variations on a Theme," an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Yvonne Newhouse of San Mateo, highlights Newhouse's ongoing exploration of painting a single subject using multiple approaches. Through Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.


What Is Love? [Jokes] Don't Hurt Me, Don't Hurt Me, No More Comedian Irene Tu headlines two shows in one night, also featuring Dro Knows, Priyanka Wali, Nicole Calasich and Drew Harmone. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. Feb. 15, 7:30-9 p.m. and 9:45-11:15 p.m. $20-$30, VIP seating available. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Go to

Food & Drink

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

Valentine's Tea and Heart Scavenger Hunt Filoli Gardens hosts a Valentine's Day tea and scavenger hunt. Champagne available for purchase in the gallery. Feb. 14 and Feb. 16, 1-2:30 p.m. $75. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. Go to and search for Filoli


Hiller Aviation Museum Kids' Carnival Hiller Aviation Museum holds a kids' carnival featuring vertical wind tunnels, paper helicopters, glider construction and more. Entry included with museum admission. Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $18, free for members. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos.

Lessons & Classes

A Year in the Garden A Year in the Garden, a once-a-month class for both professional and home gardeners, offers lectures, hands-on workshops and guided instruction on independent projects. Students graduate with a certificate of completion in horticulture. Wednesdays, Feb. 13-Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $710, discount for members. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Health & Wellness

Green Cleaning Party San Mateo County's Environmental Health Services staff teach techniques for using self-made cleaning products with fewer chemicals. Attendees receive a starter kit. Feb. 16, 2-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Go to and search for "Green Cleaning Party"

The Introvert's Right to Speak: Finding and Freeing Your Natural Voice Ted DesMaison trains and supports introverted business owners in a six-week course. Feb. 19-March 26, Tuesdays, 6:45-8 p.m. $597-$997, intro rate for Thrive Academy members. Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Go to

Outdoor Recreation

Filoli's Orchid Show Lush floral displays and living arrangements feature orchids from several Bay Area orchid societies, along with Filoli's historic collection, in Filoli's historic house and greenhouse. Through Feb. 24, Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Filoli Gardens, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Mushroom Specialty Tours On Filoli's 90-minute mushroom hikes, visitors learn about the important ecosystems of fungi and how to spot mushrooms on the forest floor. The trail is 2-3 miles of uneven terrain and moderate hills. Through Feb. 16, Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15, plus admission to Filoli. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.


Daily Winter Riding Camp Spring Down Equestrian Center holds a riding camp for kids to learn basic horsemanship, barn and horse safety, horse psychology and more. Extended day care available; early registration encouraged. Feb. 18-22, 9 a.m. $175 per day or $575 per session. Spring Down Equestrian Center, 725 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Home & Garden

Greenhouse Specialty Tours Filoli docents lead tours of Filoli's historic greenhouses. Attendees learn the historic and present uses of the greenhouses and nursery and view the plant collections. Through Feb. 16, Fridays and Saturdays, 2-3:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Religion & Spirituality

Public Tour of Memorial Church Tours of Stanford Memorial Church feature the church's stone carvings, mosaics and stained glass windows. Private tours available upon request. Through Aug. 30, Fridays, 1 p.m., and last Sunday of the month, 11:30 a.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Go to


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