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Arts & Entertainment - May 8, 2019



'Flower Drum Song' Palo Alto Players offers a blend of American showiness and stylized Chinese opera tradition with "Flower Drum Song," 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 Pirates of Penzance' Peninsula Youth Theatre presents Gilbert & Sullivan's musical classic, "The Pirates of Penzance." May 11-24, 2 p.m. $24; discount for students, seniors, kids under 5. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

'Shoggoths on the Veldt' Dragon Theatre presents "Shoggoths on the Veldt," an adventure comedy with romance, betrayal, an amnesiac ghost, perfidious cultists and a Lovecraftian tentacle monster. Thursdays-Saturdays, May 9-June 1, 8 p.m. $37; discount for students, seniors. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.


Almost Mother's Day Kids Concert The concert includes a performance by Redwood City native and kindie rocker, Andy Z and the Andyland Band, an inflatable playland and a craft area. May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.


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 various genres such as folk, patriotic, musical theater and classical. Through May 29, 1-2 p.m. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Talks & Lectures

John Burnham Schwartz with Abraham Verghese 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.

POST's Wallace Stegner Lecture with Van Jones Environmental justice leader Van Jones will share insights from his work on green jobs, the green economy and social justice initiatives. May 14, 8 p.m. $40; discount for students. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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.


48th Annual Stanford Powwow and Art Market The 48th Annual Stanford Powwow and Art Market is a celebration of Native American cultures, including dance and music, with more than 100 artists, food and information booth vendors. May 10-12. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Museums & Exhibits

Bring your family Second Sunday is a family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making and gallery activities for all ages. Registration is not required, and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that most interest them. Every second Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 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.

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. Art Ventures Gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Search for more info.


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