Opera: 'Fidelio' "Fidelio," Beethoven's only opera, is his condemnation of tyrannical excess. It is presented fully-staged, with costumes, a full orchestra and a chorus. Feb. 24, 8-11 p.m.; Feb. 25, 2-5 p.m. $35-$85; senior, student and group discounts. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. wbopera.org
Dawn Harms: Adventures in Music Dawn Harms and the Rhythm Sisters present a family music show to delight children who might find themselves playing a violin or composing for the first time. Feb. 27 ,9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. arts.stanford.edu
Family Weekend Concert Attendees can view a free concert and experience the acoustics of Stanford's Bing Concert Hall while learning about the hall and Stanford Live. Feb. 23, 11 a.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Ingenue 25th Anniversary Tour K.d. lang will perform at Bing Concert Hall for one night only to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her platinum selling Ingenue album. March 2 at 7:30-9 p.m. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Kweku Collins Kweku Collins, a rapper, song writer and producer, will perform in Bing Concert Hall's underground studio. Feb. 23, 9-10:30 p.m. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Leonardo da Vinci Voices of Music presents "Leonardo da Vinci: A Musical Odyssey," which explores the music that Leonardo da Vinci would have heard in the cities in which he lived. Research for this project includes a variety of musical forms, including frottole, sung poetry, music from the Medici and Sforza courts, the circle of Isabella d'Este and the Parisian chansons from Leonardo's final years in France. March 2, 8 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waveley St., Palo Alto. voicesofmusic.org/Concerts.html
The Search for the American Sound with Alex Ross MacArthur Fellow Alex Ross has been the music critic for The New Yorker since 1996. Join him in the Bing Studio as he discusses how some of the greatest composers have tried to make their music sound "American." Feb. 26, 6-7 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Stanford Philharmonia This Philharmonia program will be conducted by Paul Phillips and will open with "Lyric for Strings," George Walker's best known work. Walker, now 95 years old, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996, and is often called the dean of African-American composers. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. $25, seniors $20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Takacs Quartet The Takacs Quartet partners with Canadian piano virtuoso Marc-Andre Hamelin for the Dohnanyi Piano Quintent. Feb. 23, 7:30- 10 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Cudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali Among the influences on American composers is the traditional Balinese art of gamelan. The gigantic ensemble of instruments' resonating tones and rich sound have captivated composers like Canadian Colin McPhee and American composers Lou Harrison, Charles Ives, John Cage and Steve Reich. Experience the source of these composers in this performance by the musicians and dancers of Gamelan Cudamani. Feb. 28, 7:30-10 p.m. $15-$60. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Film Series Screening: 'Tomboy' As part of an ongoing winter film series, Pigott Hall on the Stanford University campus will host a screening of "Tomboy," a 2011 drama written and directed by Celine Sciamma that follows the difficulties of childhood sexuality and gender identity. Feb. 21, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Pigott Hall 260, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Talks & Lectures
House of the Muse: Stanford Collections How could seeing art as history be perhaps more revealing than merely the subject of art history? Over the course of three lectures, attendees will take a deeper look at Stanford collections including Egyptian, Greco-Roman and Chinese art and artifacts. Feb. 21, 4:15-6:15 p.m. $75-$90. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. arts.stanford.edu
Intimacy and the Art of Visual Storytelling This lecture will span a range of stories, issues and approaches that represent the frontiers of visual storytelling, from smartphone photography to short documentary films. Feb. 28, 4:15 pm. $25-$30. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Jennifer Nielsen with Evelyn Skye Jennifer Nielsen will discuss her book "The Traitor's Game," an epic fantasy of treachery and intrigue, love and deceit. Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Monstrous Technologies?: Philosophy Talk with Persis Drell Experience a live taping of Philosophy Talk radio and join the live audience at Stanford as we record Philosophy Talk, the nationally syndicated public radio show. Feb. 27, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. arts.stanford.edu
Morgan Jerkins on Race and Misogyny Blogger and essayist Morgan Jerkins will discuss topics such as racism, misogyny and white-dominated feminism that sidelines black women from American discourse and influence. Feb. 24, 4-5 p.m. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Story is the Thing Kepler's hosts its quarterly reading series that highlights established authors and stars on the rise. Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. $10. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Museums & Exhibits
A Musical Tour of the Anderson Collection Students will pick their favorite pieces, play their music selection in front of the art and talk about the choices and meanings behind both the music and the art in the galleries. Bring your device to listen to this curated playlist while touring the collection, exploring all of the pairings for this experience of music, art and pop-up talks. Feb. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. arts.stanford.edu
Art Exhibit: 'About Face: Intimacy and Abstraction in Photographic Portraits' This exhibition considers the voyeuristic intimacy of the close-up portrait in 13 photographs by celebrated photographers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Barbara Morgan and Edward Weston. Each photograph captures a likeness and the mood set by the subject's personality. Nov. 1-March 4, 2018, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays; open Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/
Art Exhibit: 'In Dialogue: African Arts' "In Dialogue" represents the vibrant and dynamic arts of the continent and its diasporas. Drawing primarily from the Cantor's own collection, it considers the arts of Africa to be rooted in a deep and rich history that is locally, as much as globally, connected. Sept. 15-May 5, 2018, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays; open till 8 p.m. Thursdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
Meet the Artist Hour Filoli visitors will have the opportunity to talk with exhibiting artists, one-on-one, about their inspirations and techniques. Feb. 23, 4-5 p.m. Free with admission. filoli.org/event
Exhibit: Noah's Ark: San Mateo's Historic Restaurant The San Mateo County History Museum presents the exhibit "Noah's Ark: San Mateo's Historic Restaurant," which features the art displayed by African American restaurateur Noah Williams in the 1920s. Feb. 1-28. Adults $6, students $4, children 5 and under Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. historysmc.org/changingexhibits
Health & Wellness
SafeSpace Teen Mindfulness Workshop Series SafeSpace is offering a series of free workshops introducing young people, ages 12-26, to the basic skills of a mindfulness practice. These introductory workshops will help teens deal with everyday stress and anxiety. March 1, 6 -7 p.m. Free. SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Religion & Spirituality
Heather Blair Heather Blair, associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University, will speak about Buddhism and Japanese culture. Feb. 22, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. arts.stanford.edu/event
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