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Arts & Entertainment - May 15, 2019



'True Colors' Los Angeles-based Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) presents "True Colors," a new show that relates humorous, revealing and inspiring stories from Jews of color exploring identity, community and being a Jew in modern times. May 20, 7:30 p.m. $25-$30; discounts for members and J-Pass holders. Oshman Family JCC, Conference Room F401 (fourth floor above the theater), 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

'Lily's Wings' "Lily's Wings" is an original community project and play in Spanish and English to raise awareness about human trafficking. Produced by Stacey Ardelean, founder and artistic director of Fuse Theater. May 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

'The Pirates of Penzance' Peninsula Youth Theatre presents Gilbert & Sullivan's musical classic, "The Pirates of Penzance." Through May 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 and mythical beings. Thursdays-Saturdays through June 1, 8 p.m. $37; discount for students, seniors. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.


'A Festival of Requiems' Valparaiso Singers perform "A Festival of Requiems," featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, Forrest, Durufle, Bruckner and Faure. May 18, 7:30-9 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Levitate: Bossa Nova/Jazz House Concert Levitate performs all original music composed by the band members. The band features a combination of organic, acoustic finger-style guitar melded with electronic synth guitar, upright bass and electric violin. May 19, 4-6 p.m. $20 cash donation per seat. Dala's Nest House Concerts, 371 O'Connor St., Menlo Park.


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

Evening Literary Seminar Series Author and former adjunct professor at University of California at Berkeley, Kimberly Ford, discusses "Less" by Andrew Sean Greer. $48-$160; price includes book. May 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search for more info.

'An Immigrant In The Sanctuary' The program, titled "An Immigrant in the Sanctuary: When Faith and Politics Collide," features a filmed interview with Rev. Mike Morran, whose church offered sanctuary to Arturo Hernandez Garcia, an undocumented immigrant. May 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Esther Wojcicki Educator Esther Wojcicki presents her debut book, "How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results." A portion of all ticket sales benefits Palo Alto High School. May 22, 7-9 p.m. $35; ticket includes book. Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Joy Harjo Poet Joy Harjo will read from her recent collection of poetry, "Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings." May 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Search for more info.

Julia Flynn Siler New York Times best-selling author and journalist Julia Flynn shares her latest work about San Francisco's Occidental Mission Home, the group of female abolitionists who ran it and the young women who fled the slave trade. May 21, 7:30-9 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Non-Fiction Book Club The Non-Fiction Book Club will discuss "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row" by Anthony Hinton. May 16, 1-2:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

'Restore the Arctic, Restore the Climate' Carol Sontag, a registered nurse at the Palo Alto Unified School District and volunteer at Ice911, will explain the history of Arctic ice loss, why it matters and how local scientist Leslie Field has discovered a potential way to slow the loss of Arctic ice. May 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Tony Horwitz Author Tony Horwitz discusses his latest work, "Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide." May 16, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Sandhya Menon Author Sandhya Menon will discuss her new book, "There's Something About Sweetie," the third installation in the "When Dimple Met Rishi" series. May 15, 7-9 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Museums & Exhibits

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.

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.

'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.

'Into the Wild: Landscape Exhibition' The Pacific Art League presents "Into the Wild," featuring landscapes submitted by various artists. Through May 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Search for more info.

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: 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' The photo exhibit by Frances Freyberg features landscapes and seascapes, as well as wildflowers and wildlife. Through May 31, Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.


'Facing the Dragon' film screening and discussion The film screening and discussion will focus on the status of women's rights in Afghanistan. May 20, 6 p.m. $20; discount for students, seniors. Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto.

Kerry Tribe: 'The Elusive Word' The 2017 film "Afasia" pairs the verbal journey of Christopher Riley, a photographer and friend of the filmmaker who struggles to speak after experiencing a left-hemisphere stroke that left him aphasic, with Tribe's own narrated effort to relearn the Spanish language. Free. Through Sept. 30. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

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. Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Health & Wellness

Art Therapy: Design and Bind Journals Christie Inocencio from Christie's Creative Cupboard facilitates an art therapy journal making activity. May 20, 4-6 p.m. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.

Mental Health 101 at Portola Valley Library Portola Valley Library partners with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to present a discussion on mental illness and the services and programs NAMI offers. May 18, 1-2 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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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