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Arts & Entertainment - August 28, 2019



'An Ideal Husband' In this play directed by Jenny Hollingsworth, an ideal husband explores political corruption, public persona versus private virtue and the inevitable disappointments that come with holding others to one's own rigid ideals. Through Sept. 15; times vary. $34; discount for students, seniors. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

'The 39 Steps' TheatreWorks' acclaimed 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. Through Sept. 15; times vary. $25-$60. Discounts available; pricing subject to change. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.


Live in Concert: Charged Particles Charged Particles plays concerts featuring highly composed electric and acoustic jazz, with elements of Latin music, funk music and many other genres, as well as creative arrangements of jazz standards. Aug. 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.


Karen Buck & Matthias Baumhof Soprano Karen Buck and pianist Matthias Baumhof present "An Evening of German Vocal Music," featuring an array of musical genres in the German language. Art song selections will include German Lieder of Schubert, Mozart, Brahms and Richard Strauss. Aug. 31, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Michelle Pollace Trio Latin Jazz Michelle Pollace performs live at the Menlo Park Library, honoring the roots of jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music while adding a new voice. Aug. 31, 1-2 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Festivals & Fairs

Kings Mountain Art Fair The Kings Mountain Firehouse hosts a festival for local artists to showcase their work. All art is original and made by the artists who personally exhibit at the show. All proceeds from the fair are used to support the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kings Mountain Firehouse and Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.


Friday Night Reads Friday Night Reads activities include meeting neighborhood police officers, eating pizza and listening to books read by police officers. Aug. 30, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

Talks & Lectures

'Making Life's Toughest Decisions' The Lifetree Cafe program, titled "Making Life's Toughest Decisions: Dealing With Dilemmas," features a screening of the award-winning short film "The Last Race," the story of a family forced to decide whether to donate the organs of a loved one. Aug. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

USGS August Evening Public Lecture USGS research geologist Marci Robinson will deliver a lecture titled, "Pliocene World: Earth's Climate 3 Million Years Ago and How it Relates to our Future." Aug. 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.

Writers' Panel: Publishing Authors from the California Writers Club discuss the many paths toward getting published, share their experiences and answer questions. Sept. 4, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Adrienne Young and Shea Ernshaw Adrienne Young presents her new novel, "The Girl the Sea Gave Back," and chats with New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw at Kepler's. Sept. 3, 7-8 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. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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.

'The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad' Editors Gordon Chang and Shelley Fishkin discuss "The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad," which shines new light on the Chinese railroad workers and their place in cultural memory. Aug. 28, 7-8 p.m. $15-$30, discounts for members and book purchases. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

'Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain' The David Rumsey Map Center hosts an exhibition and 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.

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.

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.

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: 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.


'Rat Race' The Menlo Park Library hosts this screening of a film about six people who are pitted against each other in a race to win $2 million. Aug. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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. Free. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival There are two screenings left in this free film festival, which featured a total of 10 films from countries around the world, including India, Norway, Germany and Hungary that focus on the theme "Earth: Habitat for All." Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Sapp Center Auditorium, Room 111, 376 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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 St., Redwood City.

Food & Drink

Eat, Drink & Be Techie The Computer History Museum hosts a tech-themed block party at the Cloud Bistro beer garden, with programming on select Fridays for visitors of all ages. Aug. 30, 5-9 p.m. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

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.

San Mateo County Safe Routes to School Summit During the San Mateo County Safe Routes to School Summit, Safe Routes to School coordinators and community partners will learn and share best practices. Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City. Search for more info.

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 Garden, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Summer Nights: Nest Night Filoli Garden hosts Nest Night, a members-only event featuring a children's bird walk and binocular craft station. Registration required. Aug. 29, 5-8 p.m. Filoli Garden, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Home & Garden

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 Garden, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Religion & Spirituality

Memorial Church Labyrinth 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

Adult Board Game Meetup The Menlo Park Library hosts a board game event for adults. Participants are invited to choose from the games provided or bring their own. Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.


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