'Next to Normal' This Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical explores mental illness and the effect it has on the American family. Through June 22, 8 p.m. $38; discount for students. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. losaltosstage.org
'Present Laughter' by Noel Coward A frothy comedy about show business, "Present Laughter" is replete with seductions, suspicions, adulteries and blackmail. June 6-30; times vary. $15-$35. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. thepear.org
Festivals & Fairs
2019 Block Party Menlo Park presents the 13th annual Downtown Block Party, featuring live bands, inflatable rides, a trackless train, mini-golf, a petting zoo, face painting and more. June 12, 5:30-8 p.m. Downtown Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street, Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com
Clint Baker & the All Stars Friday nights at Cafe Borrone feature live music by Clint Baker's Cafe Borrone All-Stars Dixieland Jazz Band. Every Friday through July 12, 7:30 p.m. Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
First Friday in Woodside Woodside Art and Culture Committee presents live music performances by Carl Grantham and Bundy Browne. June 7, 7-8 p.m. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. woodsideartandculture.org
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet will perform as part of the annual concert series Jazz at Filoli. June 9, 1-4 p.m. $75-$85. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
Talks & Lectures
Misa Sugiura: 'This Time Will Be Different' Author Misa Sugiura discusses her new coming-of-age novel "This Time Will Be Different," about family, community and the importance of writing one's own history. June 8, 3-5 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Randy Ribay: 'Patron Saints of Nothing' Randy Ribay shares his latest work "Patron Saints of Nothing," a coming-of-age story about grief, guilt and the risks a Filipino American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder. June 12, 7-9 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Stephanie Garber and Andrew Shvarts Stephanie Garber and Andrew Shvarts debut third and final books in their "Caraval" and "Royal Bastards" series. June 5, 7-9 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
'Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons' Science writer and Stanford University communications manager Kris Newby shares excerpts from her new book, "Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons," chronicling her personal experience with Lyme disease as part of a speaker series hosted by the Bay Area Lyme Foundation. June 5, 6 p.m. Ladera Oaks Swim, Tennis & Fitness Club, 3249 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. bayarealyme.org
'Disappearing Earth' by Julia Phillips Julia Phillips' debut novel "Disappearing Earth" follows the women of Kamchatka, a remote Russian peninsula, after the disappearance and potential kidnapping of two young women in their tight-knit community. June 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
'The Millennial Dilemma: State of the Union on Poverty and Inequality' Scholars will discuss challenges faced by millennials and how they are faring. June 6, 9:30 a.m. Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
State of Young People The State of Young People brings together youth and the adults who support them for a day of conversation, interactive experiences and action-oriented opportunities. June 6-8, 3 p.m. Facebook Headquarters - Building 21, Facebook Way, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
'This is Now': Jamil Zaki on Empathy From a neuroscientist's perspective, Dr. Jamil Zaki tackles the power of empathy in the mind and all around. June 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $23 or $45 with book; discount for students. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
'This is Now': Louise Aronson Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson offers a re-examination of the later decades, with all of their joys and frustrations. June 11, 7:30-9 p.m. $23 or $45 with book; discount for students. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
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. events.stanford.edu
'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. moah.org/
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. museum.stanford.edu
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. museum.stanford.edu
'Learning to Fly' The Portola Art Gallery presents "Learning to Fly," a collection of photographic images of owls and other birds by Larry Calof of Atherton. Through June 30, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
'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
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: 'Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age' Public tours will be given of an exhibition from the Cantor's permanent collection. This exhibit focuses on how nature was depicted by American artists from the 1880s to 1910, during a time of industrialization and urban development. Tours do not require a reservation. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. 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
'Monsoon Wedding' Screening A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
'How to Live to 100' Lifetree Cafe will screen the documentary film "How to Live to 100: Advice From Those Who've Done It," in which centenarians share their secrets for reaching the century mark. The film will be followed by a discussion on aging and the benefits of achieving old age. June 5, 6:30 p.m. Bethany Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. lifetreecafe.com/
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. Through Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
LGBTQ Teen Movie Menlo Park Library hosts a screening of the LGBTQ teen romantic comedy "Love, Simon," based on the young adult novel, "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda," by Becky Albertalli. Refreshments will be provided. June 11, 4-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.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
Bird Walk A 90-minute bird walk along the vast Filoli Nature Preserve. Every Saturday through Aug. 31. There will be a 10:30 a.m. to noon session and a 12:30-2 p.m. session. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
Rose Tour The Filoli Historic House and Garden hosts tours of its roses and other flowers to explore some of the special varieties grown and provide information on their care and history. Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-3:30 p.m. through Aug. 31. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
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. events.stanford.edu
San Francisquito Creek Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers will learn about the main sources of pollution for urban creeks and use scientific equipment to analyze basic water quality parameters. This event is rain or shine, unless otherwise notified. June 9, 9-11:30 a.m. Intersection of Alpine Road and Piers Lane, Portola Valley. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
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