'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. thepear.org
thepear.org'Hickorydickory' The Dragon Theatre presents "Hickorydickory," a tale about a girl who is stuck at age 17 for eternity. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 7-29; times vary. $39.50; discounts for students, seniors. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. dragonproductions.net/
'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. theatreworks.org
Between the Notes The Menlo Park Library hosts this event for attendees to delve into classical compositions by listening to excerpts of major works and discussing the pieces. Sept. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Palo Alto Philharmonic Baroque Concert Philharmonic musicians perform an array of music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Sept. 7, 8-10 p.m. $22; discounts for students, seniors. First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. paphil.org
Talks & Lectures
'The Vaping Phenomenon: What it is, why it happened, and what we can do about it' Dr. Halpern-Felsher presents her research on e-cigarettes, addiction and adolescent use of nicotine products. Sept. 11, noon-1 p.m. Free. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Auditorium, 725 Welch Road, Stanford. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Menlo Park StoryFest For the first time since 2016, a variety of storytellers — including seasoned professionals and talented youths — come together to share tales from around the world. Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
'A Cup of Coffee: Stories from Kosovo and Beyond' The Menlo Park Library hosts its fourth annual storytelling festival with tandem storytellers Tom and Sandy sharing traditional and contemporary tales. Sept. 11, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Katy Rose Pool Author Katy Rose Pool discusses her book, "There Will Come a Darkness," a fantasy trilogy that explores everything from ancient history to apocalyptic prophecies. Sept. 6, 7-9 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Emma Donoghue Internationally acclaimed novelist Emma Donoghue debuts her new book "Akin," about a retired New York professor who uncovers the details of his mother's life during Nazi occupation. Sept. 11, 7:30-9 p.m. $20 or $40 with book; discount for students. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
The Road to Resegregation Author Alex Schafran visits the Menlo Park Library to discuss his book, "The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics." Sept. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
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. menlopark.org
'Mutt Strutt' Super Heroes Dog Show Muttville Senior Dog Rescue hosts the Mutt Strutt Super Heroes Dog Show with music, games and dogs available for adoption. Sept. 8, noon-2 p.m. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive, Menlo Park. friendsofmuttville.org
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. events.stanford.edu
'Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain' The David Rumsey Map Center hosts 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
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 Blue Marble: Art for the Environment' The Pacific Art League presents an opening reception for a new major exhibit, "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment," featuring works from seven prominent Bay Area artists. Sept. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. pacificartleague.org
'Seascapes and Landscapes in Pastel' The Portola Art Gallery features artist Jan Prisco's exhibit, "Seascapes and Landscapes in Pastel." Through Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
Tuolumne River Film Festival This year's Tuolumne River Film Festival will feature short films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and the International Ocean Film Festival, live music, and more. Sept. 7, 6:30-9 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. tuolumne.org/events/filmfestival/
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. menlopark.org
Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival "Tomorrow," a documentary that focuses on people suggesting solutions to climate change, is the last screening in this 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." Sept. 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Sapp Center Auditorium, Room 111, 376 Lomita Drive, Stanford. sgs.stanford.edu
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. menlopark.org
Hike: Edgewood Park Participants will explore Edgewood Park while hiking several miles through woodlands, hills and meadows. Sept. 8, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10, 8 a.m.-noon. Edgewood Park, 10 Old Stage Coach Road, Redwood City. sequoia-audubon.org/calendar.html
Home & Garden
The People of Filoli This 90-minute tour of the house and garden uncovers new stories about the community of people who created and sustained Filoli. Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
4th Annual Atherton Community Emergency Drill The Menlo Park Fire Protection District CCM CERT, the Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team, the Town of Atherton and the Atherton Police Department present a live and simulated communitywide emergency event within a multiblock neighborhood setting. Sept. 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. business.menloparkchamber.com
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