Bay Area Opera Collaborative Presents 'The Pirates of Penzance' Bay Area Opera Collaborative will present a gender-swapped production of "The Pirates of Penzance," a romance between two pirates. Sept. 8-9, 15, 16, 22-23, times vary. $13-$26. Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park. bayop.org
'The Legend of Georgia McBride' The Los Altos Stage Company will present "The Legend of Georgia McBride," a comedy about an Elvis impersonator who is replaced by a B-level drag show. Sept. 6-30. $20-$38. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. losaltosstage/georgia-McBride
'Northanger Abbey' Pear Theatre presents "Northanger Abbey," adapted by Pear founder Diane Tasca from the novel by Jane Austen. In this play, Northanger Abbey follows several young ladies and gentlemen as they negotiate romances, friendships, betrothals and betrayals. Through Sept. 23, times vary. $15-$35. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Palo Alto Players Presents: Disney's 'Tarzan' Theatre company Palo Alto Players will present the musical "Tarzan," based on the Disney movie. There will also be an opening night party on Sept. 8 with a post-show champagne reception and a post-show director/cast talkback on Sept.13 with director Patrick Klein and members of the cast. Sept. 7-23, times vary. $25-$55. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. paplayers.org
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents 'Native Gardens' Award-winning playwright Karen Zacarias wrote TheatreWorks' new play "Native Gardens," a suburban comedy about a Latino couple who move in next to a prominent Washington, D.C., family. Conflicts over "fences and flora" escalate into a strong dialogue about race, taste, class and privilege. Through Sept. 16, times vary. $40-$100. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. theatreworks.org
From STEM to STEAM: How an Engineer Wrote a Play Narrative science film "Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit with Marie Curie" will have its Bay Area debut screening. The film will be followed by a keynote presentation and panel discussion exploring the intersection of STEM and the performing arts. Sept. 7, 5 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. computerhistory.org/events/upcoming
Palo Alto Philharmonic Baroque Music Concert The Palo Alto Philharmonic will open its 31st season with the annual Baroque Music Concert. Sept. 8, 8-10 p.m. $10-$22. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. paphil.org/performances
Classical on the Square - Bay Shore Lyric Opera Bay Shore Lyric Opera will perform Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with members of the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose. The opera will be sung in Italian with English titles. Sept. 9, 5-6:30 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. redwoodcity.org
Facebook Fiesta Facebook Fiesta will celebrate Latin food, art, music and culture with performances by local Latin bands and dance troupes. There will also be art exhibits, a farmers market, artisan vendors and a kids zone. Sept. 8, 1-6 p.m. Free. Facebook HQ, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Novas Bossas: Brazilian Music Inspired by Brazilian music, Novas Bossas will perform classic and original sambas, bossas novas, samba-cancaos and choro, with a focus on improvisation. Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. Search cafezoehub.com for more info.
Park Avenue Jazz Jazz trio Park Avenue Jazz will perform various jazz and classical guitar melodies. Sept. 7, 7-9 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. cafezoehub.com
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers The Oshman Family JCC will present fiddler Phoebe Hunt, who will perform with her band The Gatherers. Sept. 13, 8-10 p.m. $25-$35. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. paloaltojcc.org
Talks & Lectures
'Angst' Film Screening and Discussion on Teens and Anxiety The Sequoia Union High School District Wellness Advisory Council will be hosting a free screening of "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety," which includes interviews with swimmer Michael Phelps, teens, parents and experts. A student discussion will follow the film, and health groups will staff resources tables with information. Sept. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. angst2018woodside.eventbrite.com
Chris Hedges: This is Now with Angie Coiro Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges will discuss his most recent book, "America: The Farewell Tour," which urges readers to not compromise as it assesses today's political and societal realities. Sept. 8, 4-5:30 p.m. $10-$40. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Literary Appreciation 102 Author and professor Kimberly Ford will lead a 90-minute seminar on how to appreciate literature more deeply. The group will delve into literary concepts like voice, characterization, success with taboo subjects and humor. Sept. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. $40. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Mary Robinson: This is Now with Angie Coiro Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will sit down for a conversation with journalist and radio host Angie Coiro. Robinson will speak about the dangers of climate change. Sept. 13, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$45. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Philosophy Talk Live at Kepler's with Guest Steven Pinker Kepler's Books invites a live audience to listen in on a recording of a new episode of "Philosophy Talk." Hosts Ken Taylor and Josh Landy will be joined by cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, author of "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress." Sept. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. $15-$45. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Presentation: The Stories Behind the Pictures Photographer Ray Scotty Morris, who took photos of many presidents, including Harry Truman and Barack Obama, will give a talk. Sept. 8, 1-2 p.m. $4-$6. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. historysmc.org/courthouse-docket
SRI Organon Toastmasters SRI Organon Toastmasters helps community members become better public speakers and leaders by providing a supportive, positive environment for practicing communication and leadership skills. Guests are welcome to visit and join. Tuesdays, year-round. Free. St. Patrick's Seminary & University, Redon Hall, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. sriorganon.com
Kim Steinhardt at Books Inc. Palo Alto Marine wildlife photographer, ocean conservationist and columnist Kim Steinhardt will discuss his novel, "The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California's Coast." Sept. 6, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. booksinc.net
Lisa Prince Newman at Books Inc. Palo Alto Local blogger Lisa Prince Newman will discuss her cookbook "For the Love of Apricots: Recipes and Memories of the Santa Clara Valley." Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. booksinc.net
Mighty Middle Grade: Heidi Lang, Kati Bartkowski, Beth McMullen and Jill Diamond Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski, sisters and co-authors of "A Dash of Dragons," will discuss their books "A Hint of Hydra" and "Beth McMullen for Power Play." Jill Diamond, author of the "Lou Lou and Pea" series, will moderate the discussion. Sept. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
September Free First Friday The San Mateo County History Museum will continue with its "Free First Fridays" program, which will include a preschool craft program and an adult tour. Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. historysmc.org/free-first-fridays
Museums & Exhibits
The Dancing Sowei: Performing Beauty in Sierra Leone This exhibition focuses on one spectacular work in the Cantor's collection — a sowei mask, used by the women-only Sande Society that is unique to Sierra Leone. Ongoing until December; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
Do Ho Suh: The Spaces in Between In this exhibition, artist Do Ho Suh uses a chandelier, wallpaper and a decorative screen to focus attention on issues of migration and transnational identity. Through Feb. 25, times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
'Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age' The Cantor Arts Center's newest exhibition will consider how nature was depicted by American artists from the 1880s to 1910, an era of unprecedented industrialization and urban development. Through landscapes, portraits and still lifes, the exhibition will delve into the importance of nature for artists and the public. Sept. 5 through Aug. 25, times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
Portola Art Gallery Presents 'A Traveler's Impressions' - A Collection of Oil Paintings by Oksana Johnson The Portola Art Gallery will present "A Traveler's Impressions," a collection of oil paintings by contemporary San Francisco-based artist Oksana Johnson. The exhibit focuses on Johnson's impressions from her travels in Europe, Hawaii and California. A reception will be held Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m. The gallery will be open from Sept.1-29, Mondays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam Rarely seen photographs will be shown at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives' exhibition "We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam." Exploring the interrelationships between art, journalism and politics, the exhibition features photographs submitted to the Overseas Weekly's Pacific edition — a military tabloid at once beloved by troops and reviled by the Pentagon for its controversial content. Through Dec. 8, times vary. Free. 550 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Native Plant Gardens and Pollinators Instructor Juanita Salisbury will explain how to create a landscape plan, what plants to use and why, plus how to maintain a habitat over many years. Afterwards, there will be a walk-through of Gamble Garden's native plants. Sept. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25-$35. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. gamblegarden.org/event/native-plant-gardens-pollinators
Religion & Spirituality
Living a Rich Life: Finding Meaning and Purpose The program, titled "Living a Rich Life: Finding Meaning and Purpose," will feature a filmed interview with Christine Garde, a woman who left an influential political position to launch a gang diversion program by moving into an urban gang-infested neighborhood. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss times they have felt fulfillment in their own lives. Sept. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., West Menlo Park. vimeo.com/282368783