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Arts & Entertainment - February 20, 2019



'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Stanford Shakespeare Company presents the comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Feb. 21-23, times vary. Free. Elliot Program Center, 589 Governor's Ave., Stanford.

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. 23, and 24, showtimes vary. $35-$85; senior, student and group discounts. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.


Sixth Anniversary Party and Benefit to Remember Malcolm This sixth-anniversary party for Freewheel Brewing Company features Nick Peters and the Freewheel Family Band playing live music and a Gone Fishing bottle release. Feb. 21, 6-9 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City.


Asian-Inspired Global Adventure Event Resale of diverse Asian-inspired collections of framed art, furniture, pottery, statuary, masks, clothing, books, jewelry and more. Feb. 22-23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Discovery Shop, 748 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

Talks & Lectures

2019 Winter/Spring Evening Literary Seminar Series Author and former adjunct professor at U.C. Berkeley Kimberly Ford leads discussions of four books: "The Beautiful Struggle," "A Fairly Good Time," "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls," and "Less." Price includes book. Mondays, Feb. 25, March 25, April 22, May 20, 7-8:30 p.m. $48, based on number of seminars. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Dani Shapiro with Elizabeth Rosner Kepler's Literary Foundation presents a conversation between two Jewish-American authors, Dani Shapiro of novels "Hourglass" and "Devotion" and Elizabeth Rosner of "Survivor." Feb. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. $10-$40, discounts for students. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Jill Abramson: This is Now with Angie Coiro Host Angie Coiro talks with former executive editor of the New York Times and Harvard University lecturer Jill Abramson about critical information battlegrounds: old media vs. new, documented veracity vs. clickbait. Feb. 27, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$45. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Story Is the Thing Kepler's Literary Foundation continues its quarterly reading series, Story is the Thing, in which emerging voices are heard alongside works from contemporary local literary masters. Feb. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. $12. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.


Puppet Building Workshop Puppet Art Theater staff members lead students (ages 7-10) in the creation of custom puppets to take home. Feb. 23, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Free. Downstairs Program Room, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Winning Strategies for Finding the Right School at the Right Price College expert Lynn O'Shaughnessy talks about strategies to increase admission chances, how to evaluate colleges and universities academically, and more. Feb. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Woodside High School, 199 Churchill Ave., multi-use room, Woodside., search for "Parent Education."


'Variations on a Theme,' an Exhibition of Watercolor Paintings The exhibition of paintings by Yvonne Newhouse highlights her ongoing exploration of painting a single subject using multiple approaches. Through Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.


'82 Names: Syria, Please Don't Forget Us,' a Documentary Film Screening The film traces the journey of Mansour Omari, a survivor of torture and imprisonment in Syria, as he seeks to rebuild his life in exile. Dinner at 5:30 p.m.; film at 6 p.m. RSVP requested. Feb. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Building 200, Room 034, Stanford.

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2019 The festival presents filmed expeditions to exotic landscapes and remote cultures. Different documentaries will be shown each night. Feb. 21-22, 7-9 p.m. $22. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Documentary Film at Portola Valley Library "All in This Tea" profiles David Lee Hoffman, who imports unusual varieties of tea to discerning drinkers in the United States. However, the majority of Hoffman's most prized teas are grown by independent farmers in China, where the growth of industrialization is putting such planters out of business. Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Film and Filmmaker: 'Drawn Together' Director Harleen Singh The film "Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes" brings together three artists who confront stereotypes and racism in modern America. A talk by director Harleen Singh follows the screening. Feb. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St, Menlo Park.

Lessons & Classes

Basic Computer Class for Spanish Speakers Students learn about computers and Microsoft Word, open an email account and explore the internet. Classes are Wednesday evenings. Feb. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Jobtrain, 1200 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park.

Make Your Own TV Show! Participants learn to produce or star in their own web series or cable TV show. Class covers producing, directing, cameras, audio, graphics, floor directing and switching in a high-definition, all-digital studio. Feb. 23 and March 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; March 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $240. Midpen Media Center, 900 San Antonio Rd., Palo Alto.

Paint Like O'Keeffe Class members of all skill levels learn to paint in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe. Canvas, palette and paints are all provided. Feb. 24, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Outdoor Recreation

Planting at Russian Ridge Grassroots Ecology and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District are installing a habitat garden at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. Volunteers are planting California native plants. Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, corner of Skyline Boulevard and Alpine Road, Redwood City.

Sherlock Bones Participants will put their puzzle skills to the test as they reassemble a real deer skeleton to see how bones help a deer survive and thrive. Feb. 23 and 24, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free with entrance admission. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.


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