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Arts & Entertainment - January 8, 2020



'The Pianist of Willesden Lane' TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents "The Pianist of Willesden Lane," a true story about a young Jewish pianist escaping Nazi-occupied Austria at the outset of World War II. Concert pianist Mona Golabek recounts her mother's poignant saga of hope and resilience to illustrate the power of music. Dates vary through Feb. 16; times vary. $25-$55; discounts available. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.


Jym Marks Quintet The "Menlo Park Renaissance Man," Jym Marks, and his quintet unite for a free jazz concert. Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Kronos Quartet Kronos Quartet performs music from the '60s, "the years that changed America." Jan. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-$60; discounts available. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.


KidsSongs with Nancy Cassidy Creator of the beloved KidsSongs series, Nancy Cassidy, performs catchy tunes to entertain children of all ages. Jan. 12, 2-3 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.

The Albany Consort Bay Area's Albany Consort collaborates with St. Bede's choir and soloists to present vocal works of Claudio Monteverdi. Jan. 12, 4-6 p.m. $10-$25; discounts for seniors and students. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

Free Organ Recital Weekly noon-time organ recitals on the two Flentrop organs at All Saints Episcopal Church. Each recital will include at least one work by J.S. Bach. Tuesdays through May 26, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Free. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Talks & Lectures

California Senate District 13 Climate and Environment Forum All six candidates for California Senate District 13 discuss the climate crisis and key environmental issues facing this region. Jan. 15, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Get Ready for Spring Gardening Learn about proper site selecting, how to prepare soil and the best timing for seeds and seedling. Jan. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Restorative Parenting Karen Junker, certified trainer by the International Institute for Restorative Practices, discusses how to maintain healthy, conflict-free relationships and work toward creating a balanced, positive relationship between parents, children and family. Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m. Free. Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park.

Stairway Walks in San Francisco Mary Burk, co-author of "Stairway Walks in San Francisco: The Joy of Urban Exploring," shares some of the city's well-known and clandestine corridors. Jan. 15, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Kiersten White's 'Chosen' New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White sets her second novel, "Chosen," in the world of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Jan. 11, 3-4 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Steve Inskeep with Angie Coiro In "Imperfect Union," NPR's Steve Inskeep unearths the life stories of one of America's earliest power couples: John and Jessie Fremont. Jan. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $15-$45. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Trade and Empire: African Art's Golden Age Augustus Casely-Hayford, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, explains how the challenges posed by the southern Atlantic Ocean thwarted West African leaders' attempts to expand over centuries. Jan. 14, 7-8 p.m. Free. CEMEX Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.


A Day at the Farm Visitors can reserve a day at the Hidden Villa farm and tailor the reservation to include private farm tours for up to 30 people and one of three picnic areas. Dates vary through May 23; times vary. $180-$275; prices vary between packages. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Read Play Learn Learn tips to prepare children to read and express creativity through books and arts and crafts. Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.

Second Sunday Family Day The Anderson Collection has family activities every second Sunday of the month in collaboration with the Cantor Arts Center, offering family-focused museum tours, art materials for sketching and hands-on art making. Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Tremendously Terrific Trees Explore a 3-acre garden with guided tours, nature hunts and other hands-on activities. Jan. 11, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Museums & Exhibits

A Gift of Art from Marilyn F. Symmes Marilyn F. Symmes' gift to the Cantor Arts Center is an eclectic selection of prints and drawings highlighting different ways of thinking about artworks as both images and objects. Through May 18, times vary; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Cointraptions "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. Through Feb. 16; Friday-Sunday, 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. Through Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

'Left of Center' "Left of Center" exhibition seeks to show how modes of art-making that originated on the West Coast decisively changed the topography of American modernism. Through Sept. 20, times vary; closed Tuesdays. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, 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.

'Our Sacred Coast' Artist Ian Wing's "Our Sacred Coast" is an exhibition of landscapes, including plein air and studio pieces, depicting select locations across the California coastline. Through Jan. 20; times vary. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

'Plus One' "Plus One" features vibrant expressions in abstract and representational paintings, photography, ceramics, wood, glass and jewelry. Through Feb. 9; Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.

'Process and Pattern' Memory, history and making collide in the work of contemporary artists McArthur Binion, Charles Gaines, Julie Mehretu and Analia Saban. Through Feb. 17; closed Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, 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.

'The Square Show' "The Square Show" is a group exhibition of 6 inch by 6 inch works ideal for gift-giving and new collectors. Through Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

'Surf Sequence' "Surf Sequence" explores Ansel Adams' relationship with water in different forms with a series of spontaneously captured surf images. Through May 18; times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.


'Journey of the Simorgh' A dance and music concert by the Simorgh Dance Collective, adapted from Farid ud-Din Attar's Persian epic, "The Conference of the Birds." Jan. 11, 7 p.m. $35-$50. Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.


'Basquiat' Jeffrey Wright portrays Jean Michel Basquiat in this docudrama about the world-renowned New York street artist's struggle with fame, drugs and identity. Jan. 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Lessons & Classes

'Are you Ready?' Disaster Preparedness Class This free class covers the basics of what to do before, during and after a major emergency. Learn how to create a family/office disaster plan, assemble a portable disaster supply kit, conduct evacuation procedures and prepare for and respond to specific disasters. Jan. 9, 7-9 p.m. Free. Sequoia Healthcare District Headquarters, 525 Veterans Blvd., Redwood City.

Health & Wellness

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. Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-noon. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 370 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.

Upsizing Life by Downsizing Stuff The event features a filmed interview with Dee Williams, author of the bestselling book "The Big Tiny." Participants get practical tips for getting rid of stuff, and see how one woman downsized to owning less than 300 items to maximize the amount of space in her life. Jan. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Home & Garden

Orchid Doctor Orchid doctor Paul Bourbin returns to diagnose ailing orchids and demonstrate proper orchid care. Jan. 11, 2-4 p.m. Free with Filoli admission. Filoli Gardens, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.


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