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Arts & Entertainment - January 15, 2020



'A Doll's House, Part 2' Jeffrey Lo directs Lucas Hnath's comedic play that picks up right after the end of Henrik Ibsen's original play, "A Doll's House." Jan. 17-Feb. 2; dates and times vary. $22-$46; discounts available. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Ballroom Cultural Series Filoli's Ballroom Cultural Series features nine unique events ranging from live music to interactive performances. This Sunday features a staged reading of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop." Jan. 19, 3-5 p.m. $30. Filoli Gardens, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

'Goldilocks and the Three Sharks' The Puppet Art Theater Company presents a black-light production of the classic fairy tale with a twist, featuring clackety clams, silly seahorses, a giant octopus and a family of man-eating sharks. Jan. 16, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

'The Snow Queen' Playhouse Productions takes on the timeless fairy tale "The Snow Queen" for a kid-friendly performance. Jan. 25-26, 10 a.m. and noon. $12-$14; discount for children. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

'Taking Steps' Director Troy Johnson and Bay Area comic actors take on Alan Ayckbourn's farce "Taking Steps," where chaos unfolds in a haunted Victorian house. Jan. 16-Feb. 9; dates and times vary. $20-$35. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.


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. Jan.15-Feb. 16; dates and times vary. $25-$55; discounts available. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Sundays with the St. Lawrence Quartet Acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet performs for an afternoon of Beethoven and John Adams. Jan. 19, 2:30 p.m. $15-$68; discounts available. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

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.

Mozart Birthday Celebration The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra celebrates Mozart's 264th birthday with a program of chamber music masterpieces by the "Salzburg Scribbler" himself. Jan 18, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.


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

A Time to Break Silence This special program features the premiere of the newly discovered, clear Riverside Church recording of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic speech against the Vietnam War, "Beyond Vietnam." Clarence B. Jones, former counsel and speechwriter for King, also speaks about his experiences during this crucial period and the speech's enduring relevance. Jan. 16, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford.

The American Advertising Calendar Plate Guest speaker David Hoexter talks about plates, once distributed by American merchants, that provide unique insights into the history of early 20th-century America. Jan. 21, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Biased: How Unconscious Bias Shapes Behavior Professor Jennifer Eberhardt and author Julie Lythcott-Haims come together to discuss implicit bias, how it impacts our society, and what each of us can do about it. Jan. 15, 7-9 p.m. Free. Sacred Heart School, 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

Burke Collection Symposium Stanford Text Technologies and the Stanford Libraries host a public symposium exploring the art of manuscript illuminators with a world-class collection of Italian manuscript materials. Jan. 15, 1-5:30 p.m. Free. Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

California Senate District 13 Climate and Environment ForumThis nonpartisan forum for the California District 13 State Senate race includes six of the district's registered candidates and focuses on 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.

Cornel West Harvard University professor Cornel West discusses democracy, race and justice in this evening talk. Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m. $35-$45. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

'No Small Matter' Hillview Middle School screens and hosts a panel discussion about Greg Jacobs' documentary, "No Small Matter," an in-depth look into America's early care and education system. Jan. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park.

Voting in the Primaries: What You Need to Know Get a nonpartisan pros and cons review of the propositions up for vote, and learn how to vote in San Mateo County under the Voter's Choice Act. Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

What Does a Black Hole Look Like? University of California at Berkeley astrophysics theorist Eliot Quataert gives a free, illustrated, nontechnical talk on how scientists were able to take the first ever image of a black hole. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Free. Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.


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.

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. museum.stanford.edus

'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.

'The Illuminated Page' Celebrating the art of Italian manuscript painting from the 12th to 16th century, "The Illuminated Page: Manuscripts from the Burke Collection, 1150-1550" explores choirbook decorations from the collection of T. Robert and Katherine States Burke. Through April 15; times vary. Free. Green Library, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

'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. Jan. 15-20; 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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m; closed Tuesdays. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

The Red Baron J.R. Williams, former president of the League of World War I Aviation Historians, talks about ace fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen. Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-noon. $11-$18; discounts available. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos.

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.

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

Outdoor Recreation

Greenhouse Tours Docents guide visitors through Filoli's historic greenhouses and talk about their plant collections as well as their past and present uses. Through Feb. 23; Fridays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Mushroom Hike Learn how to spot mushrooms on the forest floor and about the fungi growing on Filoli's nature preserve through this 90-minute hike. Through Feb. 22; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Community Groups

Knitting Meetup Compare patterns, share techniques and trade tips on stitches with the Menlo Park Crocheting-Knitting-Yarners, which meets at the library on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Mystery Readers Group: Australian Mysteries Mystery Readers Group discusses Australian mystery authors, from Fergus Hume, Arthur Upfield and Peter Corris, to Jane Harper and Peter Temple. Jan. 15, 7-9 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Author Events

'Buddha's Office' Author Dan Zigmond gleans from his life as a big tech data scientist and an ordained Zen priest to teach mindfulness and Buddhist techniques that can be applied to work life in his new book, "Buddha's Office." Jan. 22, 7:30-9 p.m. $7-$23. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

'The New Family Table' Palo Alto physician and trained chef Julia Nordgren shares recipes, tips and insight on food in her new book, "The New Family Table: Cooking More, Eating Together & Staying Relatively Sane." Jan. 21, 7:30-9 p.m. $7-$34. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Stegner Fellow Reading First year Stegner Fellows in fiction and poetry, Lydia Conklin and Safia Elhillo, provide a reading of their works. Jan. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.

This is Now: Kelly McGonigal Stanford research psychologist Kelly McGonigal draws on neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology and anthropology to illustrate the link between well-being and movement in her new book, "The Joy Movement." Jan. 16, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$45; discount for students. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thi Bui, and Their Sons, Ellison and Hien Pulizter Prizer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and Caldecott Prize winner Thi Bui bring their sons Ellison and Hien for an afternoon of artistic family collaborations. Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m. $5-$24. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, 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.

'Making Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration' Nicole Fleetwood, professor of American studies and art history at Rutgers University, examines the impact of mass incarceration on contemporary art and culture in her new book, "Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration." Jan. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. McMurtry Building, Stanford University, 355 Roth Way, Stanford.


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