New Works Festival: 'Nan, and the Lower Body' In this frank and feminist play, good-humored Dr. Pap has great mysteries to unravel and a bright assistant with dark secrets to hide. Aug. 11, 3 p.m. and Aug. 17, 8 p.m. $20 single tickets; $65 festival passes. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org
New Works Festival: 'The Imperialists' This broad, madcap farce follows a daughter desperate to rescue her addled dad from his colonial memories. Aug. 13, 8 p.m. and Aug. 17, 4 p.m. $20 single tickets; $65 festival passes. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org
New Works Festival: 'Revival' "Revival" is a romantic musical drama across the vast prairies of 19th century Nebraska from the authors of Broadway's "Tuck Everlasting." Aug. 10, 14, 17; times vary. $20 single tickets; $65 festival passes. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org
'Shakespeare in the Park' San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents "Shakespeare in the Park." This summer, the festival presents "As You Like It," a new musical with nine original songs by The Kilbanes. Aug. 10-25; times vary. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. sfshakes.org
'Singular Stories': A Festival of Solo Shows Three Bay Area performers, including Trevor Allen, Laura Jane Bailey and Fred Pitts, share three singular stories. Aug. 7-11; times vary. $20-$25. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. dragonproductions.net
Country-Americana House Concert: Jennings & Keller Award-winning musical duo Jennings & Keller will perform their style of 21st century country-Americana, with influences from folk, jazz and roots music. Aug. 11, 3:30-6 p.m. $20 per seat cash donation collected at the gate. Dala's Nest House Concerts, 371 O'Connor St., Menlo Park. dalas-nest-house-concerts.business.site
Summer Concert Series During the Summer Concert Series presented by Facebook, families can picnic, dance and visit with friends and neighbors while listening to a wide variety of music. Aug. 13, 20, 27, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Kelly Park, 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com
Festivals & Fairs
Film Screening: 'Do Dooni Chaar' In this film, Delhi schoolteacher Santosh strives to earn enough money to purchase a car. When the Duggal family decide to follow their dream and upgrade from a scooter, they embark on a roller coaster ride filled with chaos and laughter. In Hindi with English subtitles. Aug. 7, 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
SGS Film Festival: 'The White Meadows' In this dreamlike film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the brackish waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again. Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. sgs.stanford.edu
Talks & Lectures
Big Ideas Reading Group The Big Ideas Reading Group will discuss the book, "What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics," by Adam Becker. Aug. 10, 4-5 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Edward Rooks: Breeding Birds of Filoli Artist and birder Edward Rooks shares paintings and photographs of local birds and offers insights into their habitats and behaviors. Aug. 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $5; free for members. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
Literature Book Club: 'Commonwealth' The Menlo Park Library Literature Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month. The selection for August is "Commonwealth," by Ann Patchett. Aug. 13, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
'Why are you so hard on yourself?' "Why Are You So Hard on Yourself? Finding Your True Value," features a short film in which an FBI sketch artist draws how people describe themselves and then how those same people are described by others. Aug. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. vimeo.com/342772208
Stacey Lee Author Stacey Lee celebrates the launch of her new novel, "The Downstairs Girl," about family, community and the importance of writing your own history. Aug. 13, 7-8 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Mary Pearson New York Times-bestselling author Mary Pearson celebrates the release of her new novel, "Vow of Thieves." Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m. Free. 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
Art in the Evening The Main Gallery exhibits works from 17 local artists in acrylic, watercolor and mixed media, photography, metal, wood, ceramic, mosaic, glass and jewelry. Through Aug. 30, 5-8 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City. themaingallery.org
'Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain' The David Rumsey Map Center will host an exhibition opening and a symposium of talks that explore the shared terrain of maps and art. The symposium and exhibition mark the celebration of the third anniversary of the opening of the center. Through Sept. 30, 1-5 p.m. Free. The David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall, 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. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. moah.org/
Helga Cristoph: 'Love is the Answer' Peabody Fine Art and Framing presents a painting exhibition by its new artist, Helga Christoph. Wednesdays through Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art and Framing, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. peabodygallery.com
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 Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
'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: 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
West Bay Model Railroad Association Open House Trains will run on a scenic two-level layout while club members answer guests' questions. Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Caltrain station, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com
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