Bay Area Opera Collaborative Presents 'The Pirates of Penzance' Bay Area Opera Collaborative presents a gender-swapped production of "The Pirates of Penzance," a romance between two pirates. Sept. 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 presents "The Legend of Georgia McBride," a comedy about an Elvis impersonator who is replaced by a B-level drag show. Through Sept. 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. facebook.com/events/210797766304851/
Palo Alto Players Presents: Disney's 'Tarzan' Theatre company Palo Alto Players presents the musical "Tarzan," based on the Disney movie. There will be a post-show director/cast talkback on Sept.13 with director Patrick Klein and members of the cast. Through Sept. 23, times vary. $25-$55. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. paplayers.org
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents 'Native Gardens' TheatreWorks' "Native Gardens" by Karen Zacarias is a suburban comedy about a Latino couple that moves 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/201819-season
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
Willy & The Four Boys Live Music Willy & The Four Boys, covering classic rock and alternative songs of the likes of CCR, Faces, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix, Alabama Shakes, Live and more, will be playing live music. Sept. 15, 7-9 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. cafezoehub.com/music-events
Windy Hill Bluegrass band Windy Hill will play live in celebration of its CD release. Sept. 15, 8 p.m. $12-$15. Club Fox, 2209 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Festivals & Fairs
Atherton Arts Foundation presents 'Diversity in Art' Atherton Arts Foundation celebrates the arts at the end of summer with paintings, photography, sculptures, mosaics, drawings, jewelry, textiles and origami. Sept. 14, 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Jennings Pavilion, Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.
Food & Drinks
Portola Valley Farmers Market Year-round farmers market featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, berries, specialty foods, fresh artisan baked goods, farm meats and eggs, wine, honey, jams, nuts, nut butters, prepared foods, hot Roli Roti Chickens, made-to-order crepes, tacos & tamales, crafts and body products. Thursdays, 2-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Talks & Lectures
Daniel Mason Professor of psychiatry at Stanford University Daniel Mason reads from his new novel, "The Winter Soldier," which is set in World War I and deals with themes of love, family and the limits of medicine. Sept. 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Free, RSVPs requested. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
'Leading Matters: Lessons from My Journey' In his new book, "Leading Matters: Lessons from My Journey," current chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet and former president of Stanford University John L. Hennessy shares the core elements of leadership that helped him become a successful tech entrepreneur, esteemed academic and venerated administrator. Sept. 20, 6 p.m. Sold out, livestream on Facebook. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. computerhistory.org/events/upcoming
Literary Appreciation 102 Author and professor Kimberly Ford leads 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.
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
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, 74 Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. booksinc.net/event
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.
Museums & Exhibits
'Blackboard' "Blackboard" brings together works that imitate, resemble or feature a blackboard to consider the relationship between art and education. The "blackboards" on view examine schooling, authority, literacy, form and color. Sept. 19-Jan. 27; times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions/blackboard
Alphabete: The World Through the Eyes of Frederic Bruly Bouabre The Cantor Arts Center will display Frederic Bruly Bouabre's artwork. The exhibit will show Bouabre's original pictographic alphabet and brightly colored postcard-size illustrations. Through March 2, times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/exhibitions
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. 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 presents "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. Through Sept. 29, Mondays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
'The Struggle of Beauty: African Wildlife Photography Exhibition' "The Struggle of Beauty," a fine art photography exhibition, features photographic works by cinema-photographer Andrew Wegst, photographers Sebastiao Salgado, Oliver Klink and Terri Vershel. The exhibition is complemented with a narrative exhibit by environmental organization WildAid. The exhibit aims to raise awareness of the conflict between man and the environment and the commercialization of animal products. Through Oct. 25, times vary. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. pacificartleague.org/exhibitions-current
Susan Richardson: 'Enchanted Conversations and Broken Dreams' Art Ventures Gallery features a solo exhibit of the work of artist Susan Richardson. The exhibit, called "Enchanted Conversations and Broken Dreams," spotlights her current body of work inspired by "The Great Gatsby" and "Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Through Sept. 15, times vary. Free. Art Ventures Gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. artventuresgallery.com
Anderson Collection Public Tour The collection hosts docent-led public tours five times a week. Ongoing until December 30; Wednesdays 12:30 p.m., Saturdays 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sundays 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Search events.stanford.edu for more info.
Filoli School Program Students in elementary school are led by chaperones on a station-based experience through the house and garden. Station volunteers lead activities that connect students to art, architecture and history. September, day depends on school. $190. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org