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Arts & Entertainment - October 30, 2019



'Anne of the Thousand Days' On the eve of her death, Anne Boleyn reflects on the journey that led her to become a queen, a mother and, eventually, a woman condemned. A fascinating look at one of history's most famous marriages. Part of the 2nd Stages Series. Nov. 1-24; times vary. $37; discount for students, seniors. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

'Minorities' "Minorities," a work by choreographer Yang Zhen, includes a cast of actors, dancers and a singer who hail from Tibet, Xinjiang, inner Mongolia and Europe. It is the final installment of Zhen's trilogy of works that examine society roles and class divisions in China. Nov. 1-3; times vary. $45; discounts available. Bing Studio, Stanford. Search for more info.

'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. Through Nov. 3; times vary. $20 - $42; discounts available. Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.

'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.

'Voices of the Earth: From Sophocles to Rachel Carson and Beyond' "Voices of the Earth" explores the troubled relationship between humans and the natural world through the writings of famous authors, environmental pioneers and native voices. Nov. 1-3; times vary. $5. Pigott Theater, 551 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford.


Halloween Concert: Stanford Wind Symphony and Stanford Symphony Orchestra The Stanford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Phillips, and the Stanford Wind Symphony, conducted by Russell Gavin, will perform their annual Halloween concert. Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. $18; discount for students, seniors. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.

P.S. at Freewheel Brewing Company P.S. performs classic rock, R&B and folk at Freewheel Brewing Company. Nov. 1, 7-10 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. Search for more info.

Fifth Annual 'Skullfest' with Dr. Colossus Dr. Colossus performs rock covers, including Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Stone Temple Pilots, for Freewheel Brewing Company's fifth annual "Skullfest." Costumes are not necessary but encouraged. Oct. 31, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. Search for more info.

Festivals & Fairs

Dia de los Muertos The San Mateo County History Museum will join with Casa Circulo Cultural and the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library to present a Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. Nov. 3, 4-8:30 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Poltergeist Podcasts & Plays: Halloween Podcast Festival Palo Alto's Midpen Media Center hosts the Halloween Podcast Festival, featuring Halloween ASMR, radio play and candy and wine. Oct. 31, 7-9 p.m. Free. Midpen Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Search for more info.

Talks & Lectures

'Secrets of Sand Hill Road' In "Secrets of Sand Hill Road," Scott Kupor explains how venture capitalists decide where and how much to invest and how entrepreneurs can get the best possible deal and make the most of their relationships with VCs. Oct. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $30; $40 with book; discount for members and J-Pass holders. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F), 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.


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

'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.

'In High Places': an Exhibition of Watercolor Paintings by Yvonne Newhouse The Portola Art Gallery presents "In High Places," which highlights the artist's paintings from her many treks though the High Sierra. Through Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

'Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze' Featuring paintings made in the last five years, Jordan Casteel's large-scale portraits of Harlem community members are intimate portrayals of often overlooked members of society. Through Feb. 2, 2020, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

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: 'West x Southwest' The Capital Group Foundation's gift of 1,000 photographs to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University includes works by American photographic masters Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks and Edward Weston. Thursday, Saturday, Sunday through Jan. 5, 12:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

'West x Southwest': Edward Weston and Ansel Adams This exhibit features landscapes, still lifes, nudes and portraits created by Edward Weston in Mexico and Ansel Adams in the American southwest. Through Jan. 6, 2020. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

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.

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.

'My Dragon & Me' This weekly course is designed to be a bonding experience as participants sing, dance and tell stories with their bodies and voices. Each week, the class will repeat songs and dances while the children engage in dramatized interactive storytelling. Tuesdays through Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-noon. $10; free for Redwood City residents. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Health & Wellness

Building Resilience and Joy in a Stressful World: Weekly Meditation In this weekly program, Segyu Rinpoche will introduce the Vajrayana system in the form of the healing practices of the Medicine Buddha and the meditations and philosophies that underline those practices. Wednesdays through Dec. 18, 7-9 p.m. $25 per week. Guild Hall, Woodside Village Church, 515 Hillside Drive, Woodside. Search for more info.

Outdoor Recreation

Nature Hike Hikers are led through a variety of natural communities, including oak woodlands and redwood groves. Hikes are held in light rain. Refunds will be issued in the case of heavy rain. Saturday mornings through Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

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. Friday-Sunday through Nov. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.


33rd ATHENA Awards and Silicon Valley Woman of Wisdom Luncheon The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce presents the 33rd ATHENA Awards Luncheon, recognizing local women who reach the highest level of professional accomplishment, excel in their chosen field and through their work open paths for others. Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $65; discounts available. Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto.

Community Groups

Adult Board Game Meetup The Menlo Park Library hosts board game day for adults. Attendees are invited to choose from the games provided or bring their own. Nov. 3, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St, Menlo Park.


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