New Works Festival: 'Father/Daughter' In this play about lovers, fathers, daughters and the fragile bonds between them, two actors play very different generations in the same family. Aug. 16, 8 p.m. and Aug. 18, 3 p.m. $20 single tickets; $65 festival passes. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org
New Works Festival: 'Iron John' An Irish housemaid falls for an African American blacksmith. A century later a rebellious white debutante befriends a mixed-race neighbor. Weaving past and present, this poignant new musical explores a haunting legacy of racism buried but not forgotten. Aug. 15 and 18; times vary. $20 single tickets; $65 festival passes. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org
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.17, 8 p.m. $20 single tickets; $65 festival passes. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org
New Works Festival: 'Revival' TheatreWorks' New Works Festival presents "Revival," a romantic musical drama set across the vast prairies of 19th century Nebraska from the authors of Broadway's "Tuck Everlasting." Aug. 14 and 17; times vary. $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. 17, 4 p.m. $20 single tickets; $65 festival passes. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org
Pale Fire Theater's 'Hamlet' Pale Fire Theater, a student-led space for Palo Alto thespians to engage with Shakespeare, presents its inaugural show, "Hamlet." Aug. 16 and 17; 7-10 p.m. $5. First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
'Shakespeare in the Park' San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents "As You Like It," a new musical with nine original songs by The Kilbanes. Through Aug. 25; times vary. Sequoia High School Grounds, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. sfshakes.org
'The 39 Steps' TheatreWorks' comedy returns in a spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's silver-screen classic, in which a London man fights to clear his name after stumbling upon a ring of spies. Aug. 21-Sept. 15; times vary. $25-60; discounts available. Pricing subject to change. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. theatreworks.org
Charged Particles: The Chick Corea Project Charged Particles performs a concert at the Portola Vineyards featuring some of pianist Chick Corea's greatest compositions. Aug. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. $12-$24; discounts for youth. Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Summer Concert Series Facebook presents the Summer Concert Series, where families can picnic, dance and visit with friends and neighbors while listening to a wide variety of music. Aug. 20 and 27. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Kelly Park, 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com
Summer Concert Series: The Daniel Castro Band The final performance in the Portola Valley Summer Concert Series features the Daniel Castro Band. Aug. 15, 6 p.m. Free. Town Center-Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. portolavalley.net
Summer Nights: Kids' Night Out Andy Z performs live on the Woodland Court. There will also be lawn games and food available for purchase. Aug. 15, 5-8 p.m. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
Open Mic Performers show off their skills and network with local and like-minded musicians during open mic at Cafe Zoe. Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 6:50 p.m. Every third Friday through Nov. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. cafezoehub.com
Festivals & Fairs
10-Year Festival The Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a festival featuring live performances, fitness demos, a carnival, food vendors, kids' water play area, giveaways and more. Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. paloaltojcc.org
Talks & Lectures
'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
Chris Cander with David Eagleman Chris Cander joins readers at Kepler's Books to present her new book, "The Weight of a Piano." Aug. 16, 7:30-9 p.m. $7; $32 with book. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Museums & Exhibits
Public Tour: Anderson Collection The Anderson Collection features modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures assembled by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, 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 EveningThe 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. 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. 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
Opening Reception: Lynda Benglis Pace Gallery hosts the opening reception for Lynda Benglis' first exhibition with the gallery since joining in January. Aug. 21, 4-7 p.m. Free. Pace Gallery, 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Lion Dance A team from Buk Sing Academy in Fremont will talk about the art of Chinese lion dance and give a demonstration. Aug. 14, 4-5 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park. menlopark.org
'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. events.stanford.edu
'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' The Menlo Park Library hosts a free screening of "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," about two drag performers and a transgender woman journeying across the Australian Outback in a tour bus. Aug. 20, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
'Paris to Pittsburgh' The Ladera Community Church presents a screening of "Paris to Pittsburgh," a film about Americans' response to the growing threat of climate change. Aug.18, 4-6 p.m. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. ladera.org
Menlo Park Outdoor Movies This weekly event features outdoor screenings of films from all genres, including animated, adventure, sci-fi, comedy and romance. Through Sept. 20; times vary. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Movies on the Square Movies on the Square is celebrating its 13th year offering a variety of free outdoor movies, every Thursday night throughout the summer. Screenings start at sundown. Through Aug. 29, 8:45 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. redwoodcity.org/movies
Lessons & Classes
Beginning Ceramics In this beginners class geared toward teens and adults, participants will learn to navigate the ceramics studio as well as the basics of hand building and slab work. Through Aug. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com
Health & Wellness
Living Strong Living Well: Strength Training for Cancer Survivors This 12-week program is designed to help adult cancers survivors build muscle strength, increase endurance and improve functional ability. Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. East Palo Alto Family YMCA, 550 Belle St., East Palo Alto. lslw.stanford.edu/
Hike for Health The EcoCenter offers nature hikes to encourage participants to stay active and healthy. Aug. 19, Sept. 16, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. EcoCenter, Baylands Nature Preserve, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Tour de Menlo: The Scholarship Ride The Tour de Menlo offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities. All proceeds are used to support need-based Rotary scholarships, numerous other Rotary Foundation projects and the Almanac's Holiday Fund. Aug. 17, 7 a.m. $60-$75. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. business.menloparkchamber.com
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. filoli.org
Sunset Hike with the Friends Presented by Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks, this docent-led hike explores wildlife, night-blooming flowers and more. Long pants, long-sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes and water recommended. Aug. 14, 6:15-8:30 p.m. $6 parking fee. Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. huddartwunderlichfriends.org
Home & Garden
The Art and Science of Succulents This educational lecture explores the science and artistry of growing succulents. Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. LYNGSØ Garden Materials Inc., 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
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. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
Religion & Spirituality
Memorial Church Labyrinth The Memorial Church Labyrinth, where people can find balance, pray, facilitate meditation, insight and celebration, is open to the public. Fridays through Aug. 30. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
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