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Arts & Entertainment - June 12, 2019



'Archduke' TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the Northern California premiere of "Archduke." Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, the story explores how one man, one moment, can derail an entire century. Through June 30; times vary. $60; discounts for students, seniors. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

'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. Go to

'One Man, Two Guvnors' This fast-paced farce follows Francis Henshall, who finds himself down on his luck, hungry and suddenly employed by two mob bosses. June 14-30; times vary. $25-$52; discounts for seniors, students. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

'Tales of Hoffmann' "Tales of Hoffmann," by Jacques Offenbach, takes viewers on a journey through the doomed romances of the poet, Hoffmann. Hounded by his nemesis and accompanied by his ever-faithful friend Nicklausse, Hoffmann seems forever unlucky in love. June 16, 5-8 p.m. $45; discounts for students, seniors. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

'Present Laughter' by Noel Coward A frothy comedy about show business, "Present Laughter" is replete with seductions, suspicions, adulteries and blackmail. Through June 30; times vary. $15-$35 The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Summer Puppetry Festival: Fantasy on Strings Attendees will meet a host of 3-foot-tall, fully articulated marionettes. The characters include a mama and baby dragon, dancing ducks, tap-dancing skeletons and comical clowns. June 16, 2-3 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.


'Music of the Americas' During their performance of "Music of the Americas" (Musica de las Americas), Stephen and Gwynne of the group Zun Zun will present music from many regions of the Americas on more than 30 instruments, celebrating the environments and cultures of North America, Central America and South America. June 19, 4-5 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.

Summer Concert Series: The Sun Kings The Sun Kings will perform music by the Beatles. June 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive, Menlo Park.

Anglo-Irish Americana concert for Father's Day Tony James Shevlin, an Anglo-Irish singer-songwriter and professional musician, performs at Dala's Nest House to celebrate Father's Day. June 16, 4-6 p.m. $20 cash/seat donation. Dala's Nest House, 371 O'Connor St., Menlo Park.

Commencement Organ Recital Dr. Robert Huw Morgan performs a recital of transcriptions of instrumental and orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Gibbons, Walton, Weber and others on the Fisk Nanney and Murray Harris organs. June 14, 7:30-9 p.m. Free; $10 donation suggested. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Festivals & Fairs

2019 Block Party Menlo Park's 13th annual Downtown Block Party will include live bands, inflatable rides, a trackless train, mini-golf, a petting zoo, face painting and more. June 12, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street, Menlo Park.

Talks & Lectures

Summer Nights: Nest Night Filoli beekeeper Kendal Sagar leads this family lecture, "Big Buzz about Bees." June 13, 5-8 p.m. Free. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Randy Ribay: 'Patron Saints of Nothing' Randy Ribay celebrates the launch of "Patron Saints of Nothing," a powerful 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, 7-8 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

End Gun Violence: Moms Demand Action In a comprehensive "This is Now" conversation with journalist Angie Coiro for the new book, "Fight Like a Mother," author and former stay-at-home mom of five Shannon Watts shares her expertise on how to have an impact on the future. June 13, 7:30-9 p.m. $23 or $45 with book; discount for students. 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. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

'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. Free. 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.

'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. The exhibit features images printed on canvas and aluminum, as well as works printed on traditional archival paper. Through June 30, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 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.

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. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Public Tour: Cantor Highlights Docent-led tours explore the highlights of the Cantor's permanent collection through a selection of works spanning varied cultures and time periods. Wednesday-Sunday through June 21, 1-2 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Public Tour: 'Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age' The 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.

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.


Film Screening: 'The Wedding Banquet' A gay man's marriage of convenience with a young woman turns into a major inconvenience when his traditional Taiwanese family flies in for the ceremony. June 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival This free film festival will show 10 films from countries around the world, including India, Norway, Germany and Hungary. This year's films will focus on the theme "Earth: Habitat for All." Wednesdays, June 19-Sept. 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Sapp Center Auditorium, Room 111, 376 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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.

Food & Drink

Trivia Night at Cafe Zoe Participants flex their knowledge on various topics during Trivia Night at Cafe Zoe. Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park.

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.

Fusion Fitness Classes Fusion Fitness is a full body strength, flexibility and cardio workout designed specifically for baby boomers by local personal trainer and active-aging advocate LuAnne Kalman. Wednesdays, June 26-Aug. 28, 9-10 a.m. $125-$160, six or 10-pack of classes. Portola Valley Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Outdoor Recreation

Bird Walk This 90-minute bird walk covers Filoli's vast nature preserve. Saturdays through Aug. 31. There will be a 10:30 a.m.-noon session and a 12:30-2 p.m. session. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Huddart Park Sunset Hike Presented by Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks, this docent-led hike explores wildlife, night-blooming flowers and more. Long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, closed-toed shoes and water are recommended. June 19 and July 24, 6:15-8:30 p.m. $6 parking fee. Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside.

Weekday Take A Hike: Huddart Park Participants will choose between two hikes: the Bay Tree Trail to Richards Road Trail to Crystal Springs Trail (2.4 miles), or the Crystal Springs Trail to Dean Trail (5 miles). June 19, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Huddart Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. Search for more info.


Ann Killion Award-winning San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion discusses her new book "Champions of Women's Soccer," a guide to soccer for young sports fans. June 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

Home & Garden

Rose Tour Filoli hosts tours of its roses and other flowers to explore some of the special varieties grown and provide information about their care and history. Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-3:30 p.m. through Aug. 31. $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. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Community Groups

Fire Safe San Mateo County The workshop includes a series of presentations by staff and consultants with Sonoma County Agriculture & Open Space, who will be sharing data and analysis from the Sonoma County Complex Fires of 2017. June 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. Search for more info.


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