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Arts & Entertainment - May 1, 2019



'The Grapes of Wrath' Bus Barn Theater presents "The Grapes of Wrath," adapted from John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a family that finds itself reduced to poverty during the Great Depression, abandoning their Oklahoma farm for the promise of a better life in California. Through May 5; times vary. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

'Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story' "Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story" chronicles the personal journey of virtuoso Hershey Felder while also exploring the life and music of impressionist composer Claude Debussy. Through May 5; times vary. $40-$120; discounts for seniors, adults under 35. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

'Triptych' The Menlowe Ballet presents its spring season series "Triptych," three works celebrating fine art, facets of love and a trailblazing visionary. May 3-5; times vary. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

'Flower Drum Song' Palo Alto Players offers a blend of American showiness and stylized Chinese opera tradition with "Flower Drum Power," a new adaptation from Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang of the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical. Through May 12, 8-10:30 p.m. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' Woodside Priory Theater performs "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette from the novel by C.S. Lewis. May 2-4; times vary. $15; discount for students. Woodside Priory School - Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.


Magical Strings West Annual Concert Magical Strings West, a group of young violinists ages 4 to 17, will perform music by Bach, Handel, Dvorak, Bartok and more. May 5, 3:30-5 p.m. Woodside High Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. Search for more info.

Menlo Park Chorus Concert Menlo Park Chorus' spring concert, "Broadway a la Carte," features popular Broadway tunes. A reception to follow the performance. May 4, 7:30-10 p.m. $15; discount for students, seniors; 12 and under free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Program 4 Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra performs Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra in G minor, featuring Helene Wickett, and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D major. May 4, 8 p.m. and May 5, 2:30 p.m. Tickets are good for either date. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.


Little House Choir Group Little House is partnering with the Active Learning in the Arts organization to offer a new choir program that will sing songs in folk, patriotic, musical theater and classical. Through May 29, 1-2 p.m. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

String Trios and Folk Tales Composer Patrick Castillo guides audiences through musical history and theory with a focus on violin and viola trios. Live musical illustrations provided by violinists Pamela Frank and Arnaud Sussmann, and violist Paul Neubauer. May 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $30; discount for 30 and under. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

Talks & Lectures

Chang-rae Lee and Eavan Boland In Conversation about Diasporic Literature Stanford University English professors Chang-rae Lee and Eavan Boland will discuss their own diasporic experiences and how they influence their thinking and writing in an event sponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF). May 1, 7-9 p.m. Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.

Elizabeth Cobbs Author Elizabeth Cobbs will discuss her new book "The Tubman Command," a story that chronicles Harriet Tubman's journey to lead a Union raid to free 750 slaves. May 8, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Film Discussion Meetup The Film Discussion Meetup discusses films that have recently played at the Guild Theatre. May 7, 6:30-8 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

John Burnham Schwartz Author John Burnham Schwartz will discuss his new historical novel, "The Red Daughter," inspired by the life of Joseph Stalin's daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva. May 8, 7-9 p.m. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Let's Talk Food! Shelley Onderdonk and Rebecca Bloom will discuss their book, "The Anti-Cookbook: Easy, Thrifty Recipes for Food-Smart Living." May 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Search for more info.

Shaili Jain Dr. Shaili Jain debuts her nonfiction work, "The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science." May 7, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Gareth Hinds Author Gareth Hinds will discuss the challenges and opportunities of adapting and illustrating Homer's epic "The Iliad." May 2, 7-8 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Michele Filgate and Nayomi Munaweera Editor Michele Filgate and contributor Nayomi Munaweera present a new collection of essays, "What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence." May 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search for more info.


City of Menlo Park Annual Kite Day Kite Day includes kite flying, a hot dog lunch, jump houses, face painters, pony rides and a petting zoo, among other activities. May 4, noon-3 p.m. $8 for kite and hot-dog lunch combo. Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park.

Museums & Exhibits

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.

From L.A. to SF to Mexico: Jack Hooper — 'Women, Figures and Frida Kahlo' The "Women, Figures and Frida Kahlo" exhibit features abstract artistic work of American artist and educator, Jack Hooper. Through May 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Reception on May 4, 4-7 p.m. Art Ventures Gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Search for more info.

'The Happy Homemaker: History of Household Appliances' The "Happy Homemaker: History of Household Appliances" exhibit showcases vintage washing machines, stoves, refrigerators, heaters, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers and more. Through Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

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.

Public Tour: Anderson Collection The Anderson Collection features modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures assembled by 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.

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.

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.

'Views from the Trail' — Photos from Frances Freyberg's Favorite Bay Area Hikes The exhibit features landscapes and seascapes, as well as wildflowers and wildlife. In addition to framed photographs, photo cards will be available for sale. May 1-31, Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 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. Through July 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Lessons & Classes

Writing the Wisdom Book In this six week course led by artist Taun Relihan, participants explore some of the formal definitions and characteristics of wisdom as well as write their own stories highlighting lessons learned about life, success, love and memories. Through May 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., 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. Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Edible Container Garden This class covers how to design and care for a container garden and focuses on edible flowers and herbs. Attendees are encouraged to bring gloves, wear comfortable shoes and expect to get dirty. May 2, 10 a.m.-noon. $75; discount for members. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Health & Wellness

Vaping Prevention Collaborative The conversation will focus on understanding vaping trends, health risks, industry tactics and steps that schools can take to address and prevent vaping among students. May 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sequoia Healthcare District Headquarters, 525 Veterans Blvd., Redwood City. Search for more info.

Outdoor Recreation

JHTC 2.0 Stanford Dish Walk The Jewish high tech community hosts a Saturday morning 3.8-mile group hike to the Stanford Dish. May 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Stanford Dish Hiking Trail, Stanford. Search for more info.

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, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Through May 4. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Religion & Spirituality

Labyrinth in Memorial Church The Memorial Church labyrinth, where people can find balance, pray and meditate, is open to the public. Fridays through Aug. 30. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.


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