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Arts & Entertainment - October 23, 2019



'Mark Twain's River of Song' TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 50th anniversary season with the West Coast premiere of "Mark Twain's River of Song." Through Oct. 27; times vary. $30-$100; discounts available, pricing subject to change. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

'Monty Python's Spamalot' Adapted from the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Monty Python's Spamalot" is an irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend. Oct. 25-Nov. 3; times vary. $42; discounts available. Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.

'The Phantom Tollbooth' Palo Alto Children's Theatre presents "The Phantom Tollbooth," which follows Milo into the fantastical world of the Lands Beyond on a quest to rescue princesses Rhyme and Reason. Through Oct. 27; times vary. $14-$16. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

'Sweat' "Sweat" by Lynn Nottage, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for drama, tells of a group of steel workers in Berks County, Pennsylvania, who find themselves pitted against each other in a desperate fight to stay afloat. Through Nov. 10; times vary. $34; discount for students, seniors. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

'The Three Little Pigs' Palo Alto Children's Theatre presents "The Three Little Pigs." With simple sets and costumes, and lots of opportunities to get up and wiggle, this storyteller style theater is fit for ages 2 to 6 years old. Performances are approximately 55 minutes in length. Oct. 26-27; times vary. $12-$14. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.


Bluegrass At The Barn Sponsored by Fort Point Beer Company, this seasonal concert series features an afternoon of live bluegrass, brews, hard cider and nature. Oct. 27; 1 p.m. $10 adults; $5 children, plus cost of Filoli admission. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Verdi's 'Nabucco' A love triangle set against the monumental backdrop of ancient Babylon, "Nabucco" is the opera that propelled Verdi into international stardom as an opera composer. Through Oct. 27; times vary. $35-$92; discounts for students, seniors, groups. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Festivals & Fairs

Family Nature Day at Huddart Park This event is for children and adults, with activities ranging from arts and crafts, several short and long nature walks, educational programming, book readings and more. Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Huddart Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. Search for more info.

Halloween Hoopla Parade and Trick-or-treat Participants are invited to dress in costume and participate in the annual parade through downtown Menlo Park to Fremont Park. After the parade, kids can trick or treat to downtown merchants. Other activities include crafts, live entertainment and carnival games. Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive, Menlo Park.

Talks & Lectures

Talk Session One: A Conversation with Sangini Majmudar Bedner Sangini Majmudar Bedner, an artist, teacher and Portola Valley parent, sits with William Frederick to share her story and discuss all things life. Oct. 23, 4-5 p.m. Free; $15 suggested donation. Ormondale Elementary School - Room 20, 200 Shawnee Pass, Portola Valley. Search for more info.

'No Such Thing as a Bad Kid' Author and youth care specialist Charlie Appelstein will discuss his book, "No Such Thing as a Bad Kid," which includes principles and techniques to help families develop powerful and transforming relationships with their children and teens. Oct. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Search for more info.

'Story is the Thing' "Story is the Thing," Kepler's quarterly reading series, features writers Carole Bumpus, Jerry Burger, Chia-Chia Lin, Peg Alford Pursell, Anniqua Rana and Rose Whitmore. Oct. 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $12. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

'This is Now': Cyrus Grace Dunham An honest coming-of-gender story by Cyrus Grace Dunham, who joins Kepler's Literary Foundation in conversation with Angie Coiro for a "This Is Now" discussion of their transition memoir, "A Year Without A Name." Oct. 23, 7:30-9 p.m. $20 or $40 with book; discount for students. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.


Menlo Park Country Store Annual Fundraiser VA Palo Alto Health Care System presents the Menlo Park Country Store Annual Fundraiser. All proceeds benefit veterans. The event will include baked goods, arts and crafts and a silent auction. Oct. 24, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Division, Atrium of Building 334, Menlo Park.


Safety Day Safety Day activities include lessons about how to keep families safe in an emergency, a safety treasure hunt, car seat checks for proper installation and a costume parade. Oct. 26, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free. Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Zoppe Italian Family Circus: 'La Nonna' Zoppe presents "La Nonna," a special show honoring women. This one-ring circus honors the best history of the old-world Italian tradition and stars Nino the Clown, along with many other mostly women-based acts. Through Nov. 3; times vary. $10-$28. Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.

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.

'The Cat Behind the Hat' Peabody Fine Art and Framing presents a gallery show of paintings and illustrations by Dr. Seuss. Through Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art and Framing, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

'Cointraptions: Classic Coin-Operated Machines' "Cointraptions: Classic Coin-Operated Machines" explores what life was like before the era of credit cards with classic coin-operated machines, including gambling devices, a mutoscope, vending machines and more. Friday-Sunday through Feb. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.


Documentary films at Little House Little House Senior/Activity Center presents screenings of local filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman's film, "A Daring Journey: From Immigration to Education" and "Separated: Children at the Border" from the "Frontline" PBS series. Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m. Free for Little House members; $3 donation for others. Little House Senior/Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Food & Drink

Kafenia Mid-Week Breather The Kafenia Peace Collective hosts weekly communal meals, featuring dialogues, music and time to socialize with friends from all cultures and backgrounds. Wednesdays through Oct. 30. $20; discount for kids, students, seniors over 80. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Monday Night Pub Quiz Teams and individuals compete in a trivia contest for a chance to win prizes. Mondays through Nov. 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free; food and drink available for purchase. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City.


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