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Arts & Entertainment - November 6, 2019



'A Christmas Story' Based on the motion picture, "A Christmas Story," Janie Scott's "A Christmas Story" musical chronicles the young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams. Nov. 8-24; times vary. $27-$57; discounts available except for preview night Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

'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 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.

'Nassim' In each showing of "Nassim," a different performer joins playwright Nassim Soleimanpour on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box. The play aims to demonstrate how language can both divide and unite people. Nov. 7, 8-9:30 p.m. $50 Bing Studio, 337 Lasuen St., Stanford.

'Peter Pan' Peninsula Youth Theatre performs the classic fairy tale about the boy who won't grow up, featuring an updated script but with all the original songs. Nov. 9-17; times vary. $28. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

'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 $34; discount for students, seniors. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida, Mountain View.


'Art Under a Tombstone': Behind the Music "Art Under a Tombstone" is a two-evening exploration of Russian classical music and literature. In addition to works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, pianist and composer Ignat Solzhenitsyn will read previously unpublished works by his father, Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. $15-$30; discount for under age 30. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

'Art Under a Tombstone': Concert A musical and literary exploration of Russia's seismic shift from Imperial to Soviet rule, and the artistic oppression and dissent that followed. Nov. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20-$55, discounts for under age 30. St. Bede's Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.


The International Language of Music Harp soloist, Meredith Clark, performs a wide-ranging program from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Calude Debussy to Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Wojciech Kilar. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Simone Dinnerstein Leads Bach Making her first appearance as artist-in-residence, Simone Dinnerstein leads the New Century Chamber Orchestra from the piano with a program of keyboard concerti by J.S. Bach. Nov. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10 -$67.50. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

Talks & Lectures

'World Heritage Japan' Freelance photographer and longtime resident of Japan John Lander shares his photo collection of Japan's many UNESCO World Heritage sites in his new book "World Heritage Japan." Nov. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

A Conversation with Jim Campbell Jim Campbell is a contemporary artist whose research and teaching interests span a variety of media and historical periods, including phenomenological and media-philosophical approaches to film, digital media, comics, games, and serialized popular forms. Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Charmaine Nelson Lecture Charmaine A. Nelson, professor of art history at McGill University, explores the representation of black people in Canada through 18th century fugitive slave advertisements and in a 19th century studio portrait. Nov. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Oshman Hall, 355 Roth Way, Stanford.

Getting Downtowns Moving with Convenient and Sustainable Access Various experts discuss strategies to improve access to downtown that will also help reduce congestion and improve the environment. Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

'Late Bloomers' In his book "Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement," Rich Karlgaard urges parents to relax and allow time for their children's unique talents, passions, and gifts to develop. $20; member schools free. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton.

'Overcorrection: The Unintended Consequences of California Prison Reform' Gathering speakers from law enforcement, state government, advocacy and investigative journalism, "Overcorrection" digs into the unintended consequences of California's efforts to reduce the population of state prisons. Nov. 6, 5-6:30 p.m. Free Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Crown Room 280A, Stanford.

Tamim Ansary Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary will discuss his new nonfiction work, "The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000 year history of human culture, conflict and connection." Nov. 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m., $7-$34, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.


Second Sunday Every second Sunday of the month, Cantor Arts Center offers free, short family-focused museum tours and hands-on art activities. Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

West Bay Model Railroad Association Open House Model trains run on a scenic two-level layout while club members answer questions. Nov. 9; 1-4 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Menlo Park Caltrain Station, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber

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, 2020. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

'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. Sept. 29-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.

'The Melancholy Museum' Mark Dion, known for his work on the history of museums and their collections, delves into the original Stanford family collection to create a cabinet of curiosities for the 21st century. Ongoing. Free Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

'Memories of My Travels' "Memories of My Travels" is an exhibit by artists Claudio Talavera-Ballon, who captures the essence of ordinary people's lives across diverse regions and cultures of the Americas, and Miquel Aymerich, whose paintings reflect his architectural background. Nov. 8, 5-8 p.m. Free. Marcela's Village Gallery, 883-1 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

'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.

Richard Diebenkorn See an intimate and interactive installation of famed Bay Area artist Richard Diebenkorn's paintings and sketchbooks that shed light on the artist's process, including his shift from figurative to more abstract work. Ongoing; times vary; closed Tuesdays. Free Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.


'Collusion'This joint exhibition by Inna Cherneykina and Marina Goldberg includes oil and watercolor paintings of colorful landscape, cityscape and still life scenes. Monday-Saturday, through Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.


Aerial Treason Early aviation historian Roy Mize spins a tale of "Aerial Treason," a story of spies, Sunset Magazine, the silver screen and pioneer San Jose aviator Bob Fowler's 1914 encounter with the U.S. Attorney General. Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-12p.m. Free-$18; discounts available. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos.

Food & Drink

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

Recycling: What Goes Where and Why? From composting basics to hints on avoiding cross-contamination, a Waste Zero specialist from Recology explains how to responsibly dispose certain waste. Nov. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Veteran's Day Lunch Hosted by Peninsula Volunteers, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center offers veterans and one guest free lunch with musical entertainment by the Menlo-Atherton High School choir group. Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller is the guest speaker. Nov. 11, 12-1:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Lessons & Classes

'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, Redwood City.

Health & Wellness

Building Resilience and Joy in a Stressful World: Weekly Meditation In this weekly program, Segyu Rinpoche introduces 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.

Outdoor Recreation

Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park During this 1-2 hour beginner's bird walk, visitors may see wintering ducks, shorebirds, egrets, hawks, and little brown birds. Bring binoculars. Nov.9-March 14, 2020. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park.

Edgewood County Preserve from Education Center Attendees will be able to explore the park while hiking several miles through woodlands, hills and meadows. Nov. 10, 8 a.m.-noon. Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve, 10 Old Stage Coach Road, Redwood City.

Fun for Families: Free Second Saturdays at Gamble Garden Garden Director Richard Hayden and volunteer garden guides lead children on a nature hunt around the 3-acre garden. Other activities include nature-inspired arts & crafts and a guided tour of the first floor of the Gamble House. Every second Saturday through Dec. 14, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Insect Flight Stephanie Dole, Ph.D., also known as The Beetlelady, introduces K-8 students to the evolution of insect flight and how it has played a role in their success as live arthropods. Nov. 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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.

Writers in the Garden Part of a four-class series led by instructor Bonnie Gikis, participants work in the classroom and the garden to develop various writing and drawing techniques as well as the art of garden writing. Wednesdays: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $150-$175; member discounts,1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.


International Games Week International Games Week is an annual celebration of games with other public libraries worldwide during the first week of November. Play cards, teen board games, and more. Grades 4-12. Nov. 8, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.

Marissa Meyer Marissa Meyer returns to the Bay Area for her book tour of "Supernova," the conclusion to her fantasy trilogy "Renegades." Nov. 8, 7-8 p.m. $8, $25 includes book. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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. 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.

Religion & Spirituality

Windhover Tour Open for public tours every Saturday, the Windhover building is a meditative space built with the intention of promoting mental and spiritual well-being. Nov. 9, 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 370 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.


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