Jewish Women's Theatre: 'It's a Life'/'True Colors' Los Angeles-based Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) presents "It's a Life," the second of three new shows at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. March 25, 7:30 p.m. $25-$30; discounts for members and j-pass holders. Oshman Family JCC, Conference Room F401 (4th floor above the theater), 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. paloaltojcc.org/jwtheatre
'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare Dragon Theatre presents "Macbeth," William Shakespeare's tragic tale of all-powerful ambition and consuming conscience. Through April 7, 8-10 p.m. $37; discounts for students, seniors. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. dragonproductions.net
'The Man Who Came To Dinner' Menlo-Atherton High School drama presents "The Man Who Came To Dinner," a fast-paced comedy about a famous radio host who sets up camp in a starstruck family's home. March 22-24; times vary. $15; discounts for students, seniors. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. madrama.org
'Sojourn' Pear Theatre presents "Sojourn," a futuristic play written by Evan Kokkila Schumacher and directed by Caroline Clark. Through April 7; times vary. $32; discounts for seniors, students. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. thepear.org
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. Through March 31; times vary. $40-$100; discounts available. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org
'The Witches' Los Altos Youth Theatre performs Roald Dahl's classic, "The Witches." March 22-24; times vary. $20; discounts for students, seniors. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. losaltosstage.org
Forbidden Music New Century Chamber Orchestra welcomes Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez to perform music written by composers under the shadow of oppressive regimes. March 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. ncco.org
Brahm's Requiem Masterworks Chorale presents Brahm's "Ein deutsches Requiem" and "Blow Ye the Trumpet" for chorus and orchestra by San Francisco's Kirke Mechem. March 23-24; times vary. $35; discount for students. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. masterworks.org
John Thomas Griffith Live Cafe Zoe presents John Thomas Griffith, a certified Texas guitarist, singer and songwriter. March 22, 7-9 p.m. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. cafezoehub.com
Menlo's 28th Annual Luau Menlo Park College students' 28th annual luau features live music and dance performances that tell stories from the Hawaiian Islands, Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand. March 23, 4-9:30 p.m. $40; discounts for students, kids. Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Talks & Lectures
2019 Winter/Spring Evening Literary Seminar Series Author and former adjunct professor at University of California at Berkeley, Kimberly Ford, leads discussions of four books: "The Beautiful Struggle," "A Fairly Good Time," "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls," and "Less." Mondays; 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. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
'Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali' Kirk Waller performs "Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali," using traditional instruments and other storytelling elements to carry the tale along. March 20, 7-8 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
'Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan' Author Soniah Kamal presents "Unmarriageable," a modern Pakistani twist on the classic "Pride and Prejudice" plot. March 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Mysteries On Screen and Onstage The Mystery Readers Group hosts a monthly discussion about writers of TV crime shows, mystery movies and plays, with a different topic or guest author at each meeting. March 20, 7-9 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Jill Koziol and Liz Tenety Motherly lifestyle brand co-founders Jill Koziol and Liz Tenety share their collaborative essay collection, "This Is Motherhood: A Motherly Collection of Reflections + Practices." March 21, 7-9 p.m. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. booksinc.net
Object: Art — The Annual Benefit for Art in Action Art in Action's benefit event features a silent auction of original artwork and art-themed experiences, and presentation of the Art Visionary Award to Tony DeRose and Elyse Klaidman of Pixar Animation Studios. Proceeds help bring a visual arts education to students in underserved schools. March 22, 6-9 p.m. Hotel Nia, 200 Independence Drive, Menlo Park. artinact.ejoinme.org
Art Around the World: Russia This event takes kids ages 6-11 on a virtual trip to Russia and teaches them about the famous Faberge eggs. March 23, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Registration required. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Museums & Exhibits
Anderson Collection Public Tour The Anderson Collection features modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures assembled by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, a Bay Area family who built the collection over the last 50 years. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18, 12:30 p.m. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
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. museum.stanford.edu
'Incubator' Art Kiosk Installation The Redwood City Improvement Association presents "Incubator," a public art exhibit featuring a tower of books connected through hand-cut paper messages and supported by a foundation of books. Through April 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Josiah McElheny: 'Island Universe' Josiah McElheny's "Island Universe" examines both cutting-edge art and physics. The 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. museum.stanford.edu
Kahlil Joseph: 'BLKNWS' Kahlil Joseph, a visiting artist in the new Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts program, is presenting 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. museum.stanford.edu
'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. museum.stanford.edu
'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. museum.stanford.edu
Portola Art Gallery Presents 'Faces' — A Collection of Portraits in Oil and Pastel by Linda Salter This exhibit features portraits of friends and relatives, artists' models and subjects from her travels in foreign countries. Through March 30, Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
Public Tour: Auguste Rodin This exhibition celebrates Auguste Rodin's pursuit to convey complex emotions, diverse psychological states and pure sensuality through the nude. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 31; times vary. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Public Tour: 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. events.stanford.edu
Chesley Bonestell Film Screening Filoli Historic House will screen the documentary film "Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With the Future" from filmmaker Douglass M. Stewart Jr. March 24, 3-5 p.m. $30; discount for members. Filoli Estate, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
Lessons & Classes
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. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/projectread
Whiskey Hill Redwood Run The BayTrailrunners Whiskey Hill Redwood Run is a competitive 10K, half, full marathon and 50K trail race open to all levels of runners. March 24, 9 a.m. Whiskey Hill Redwood Run, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. trailrunner.com
SVE Monthly Hike Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs (SVE) hosts a monthly hiking meetup where attendees can make new connections and get some fresh air. March 24, 8:45-11:15 a.m. Stanford Dish Alpine Entrance 2, 8 Piers Lane, Portola Valley. Search meetup.com for more info.
Tall Ships Visit Redwood City! Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Redwood City and offer adventure sails, battle sails and vessel tours from the dock. March 22, 2 p.m. Port of Redwood City, 451 Seaport Court, Redwood City. redwoodcity.org
Wildflower Hike Filoli's Nature Preserve offers hiking tours among its native wildflowers to learn about their qualities and how they adapt and thrive. Saturdays through May 4, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
Home & Garden
Spring Bulb Display Tours Tours cover Filoli's spring display, including where Filoli acquires its bulbs, how seed-sowing and planting is scheduled and the design aspects that go into a new bulb and annual display each year. Tours are led Thursdays and Sundays through April 7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org