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Arts & Entertainment - February 27, 2019



Foothill Music Theatre Presents 'Bullets Over Broadway, the Musical' The Tony Award-nominated musical written by Woody Allen tells the story of a young playwright whose first Broadway play is financed by a gangster. Thursdays through Sundays, Feb. 28-March 17, times vary. $12-$36. Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents 'Marie and Rosetta' In its West Coast premiere, the musical play "Marie and Rosetta" shares the saga of musical legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who inspired Elvis, Ray Charles and others on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. March 6-31; times vary. $40-$100; discounts available. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.


'All-Night Vigil' Paul Flight leads a 35-member chamber choir, with soloists Gabriela Estefanie Solis and Mark Bonney, in Sergei Rachmaninoff's monumental "All-Night Vigil." Nine of the vigil's 15 movements are based on Orthodox chant. March 2; pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m., performance at 8 p.m. $10-$35; discounts available. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Stanford Baroque Soloists: 17th Century German Masters — The Wild West of Western Music The Stanford Baroque Soloists, under the direction of Anthony Martin, present a winter program of music for strings by Biber, Schmeltzer, Weichlein, Scheidt and Buxtehude. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Symphonic Chorus The Stanford Symphonic Chorus performs Vaughan Williams's "A Sea Symphony" with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, featuring Marnie Breckenridge, soprano soloist, and Kenneth Goodson, baritone soloist. Conductor Paul Phillips presents the California premiere of his own composition, "Wave," and 2018 concerto competition winner Nnamdi Odita-Honnah is flute soloist for Jacques Ibert's "Flute Concerto." March 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

Talks & Lectures

Creative Reading in the Galleries A collaboration with the Anderson Collection, there will be readings from lecturers teaching in Stanford's creative writing program. Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Dr., Stanford.

The Future of Corporate Leadership Scott Weiss, Kwame Ferreira and Deborah Acosta discuss transparency in the workplace and its importance in building a successful business model. Several studies have shown that transparency is the top factor determining workplace happiness, trust and creativity. Feb. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25. Florence Moore Hall 319, Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.

Gaugin: A Spiritual Journey Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco gives a multimedia presentation on the museums' current exhibition on the work of Paul Gauguin. The talk covers the artist's paintings, wood carvings and ceramics; his spiritual journey; and how his relationships and sojourns shaped his development as an artist. March 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library downstairs program room, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Guy Kawasaki Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley author and entrepreneur, talks about the power of self-reflection and his latest book, "Wise Guy," which is filled with personal stories from his childhood in Hawaii, his education at Stanford University and UCLA, and the ups and downs of working for Steve Jobs. March 4, 7:30-9 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested. 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.

Leading a Meaningful Life: A Conversation with Krista Tippett Associate Dean for Religious Life Sughra Ahmed talks with journalist and author Krista Tippett on matters of personal values, beliefs and motivations in order to gain a deeper understanding of life's meaning. A Q&A with the audience follows the conversation. March 4, noon-1 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Museums & Exhibits

Alphabete: The World Through the Eyes of Frederic Bruly Bouabre The 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.

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. 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 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 May 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Free First Friday Admission to the San Mateo County History Museum is free and includes a preschool activity hour at 11 a.m. and an hourlong tour at 2 p.m. of the museum's long-term exhibits. Ongoing, first Fridays of the month, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Josiah McElheny: 'Island Universe' Josiah McElheny's "Island Universe" examines both cutting-edge art and physics. The monumental installation of five hanging chandeliers is a visual response to recent theories of the multiverse, an elaboration of the Big Bang theory. Through Aug. 18, 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 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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

The Medium Is the Message: Art since 1950 Using works created since 1950, this exhibition explores the relationship between subject, content and the materials that informed each object's production. Through Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age The Cantor Arts Center's newest exhibition considers how nature was depicted by American artists in landscapes, portraits and still lifes from the 1880s to 1910, an era of unprecedented industrialization and urban development. Through Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.


'Variations on a Theme' — an Exhibition of Watercolor Paintings "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.


Kerry Tribe: The Elusive Word Los Angeles-based visual artist Kerry Tribe's film "Critical Mass" (2013) features a re-enactment of a couple's heavily edited argument taken from Hollis Frampton's experimental 1971 film by the same name. Tribe offers modern viewers a fresh look at the struggle to find the words to express how one feels. Through April 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

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

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.

ESL Conversation Club Non-native and native English speakers talk together with the aim of developing English speaking and listening skills. No registration required. Free. Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Make Your Own Movie! Zoom In is a 15-hour intensive video workshop that covers everything needed to create a digital video, from shooting to editing to uploading. Students produce a short video that will be shown on the center's YouTube channel and TV channels. March 2, 3 and 10; times vary. $200. Midpen Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.


The Beetlelady Kids in kindergarten and older learn about the roles of arthropods in the environment and in people's lives. Feb. 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Mad Science: Movie Special Effects The show covers the difference between magic and science, what a dinosaur sneeze and polymers have in common, and gravity-defying feats using scientific principles, among other topics. Event is best suited for kids ages 5-12 with their adults. Feb. 28, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Storytime with Peter H. Reynolds In "Say Something!" artist and children's book author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference in the world. March 3, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Religion & Spirituality

Public Tour of Memorial Church Tours of Stanford Memorial Church, one of the earliest interdenominational churches in the West, feature the church's stone carvings, mosaics and stained-glass windows. Ongoing, Fridays at 1 p.m. and the last Sunday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.


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