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Arts & Entertainment - July 31, 2019



'The How & The Why' Two evolutionary biologists, one a graduate student, the other an established leader in her field, meet for the first time. What follows is a smart, complex work about men and women, genetics and genius, and the overwhelming power of biological connection. Through Aug. 4; times vary. $20. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City.

'The Language Archive' A quirky, comic drama about communication — its potential and its limits — this modern romantic parable features a linguist at a loss for words, especially the vocabulary of the heart. Through Aug. 4; times vary. $25-$60; discounts available; pricing subject to change. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

'Singular Stories': A Festival of Solo Shows Three Bay Area performers, Trevor Allen, Laura Jane Bailey and Fred Pitts, share stories. Aug. 7-11; times vary. $20-$25. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City.


Summer Concert Series The Summer Concert Series is a community event for all ages. Families can picnic, dance and visit with friends and neighbors while listening to music. Genres include rock, pop, blues, jazz, salsa, tribute bands and a variety of cover music. Wednesday nights through Aug. 7, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Ave. & University Drive, Menlo Park.

Festivals & Fairs

Vintage Computer Festival Collectors and restorers will be on hand with dozens of exhibits, each featuring a different systems representing aspect of computer history with everything from education, entertainment, business and personal systems. Aug. 3-4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $20; $30 weekend pass; kids 14 and under free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.


Annual National Night Out National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m. Free. Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.

Rachel Fong: 'Kawaii Sweet World' Baking Party YouTube star baker Rachel Fong hosts a party for kids and families to celebrate the release of "Kawaii Sweet World Cookbook: 75 Yummy Recipes for Baking That's (Almost) Too Cute To Eat." Aug. 4, 4-5:30 p.m. $6; $33 with book. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Museums & Exhibits

Public Tour: Anderson Collection The Anderson Collection features modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures assembled by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, a Bay Area family who built the collection over the last 50 years. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18,12:30 p.m. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Art in the Evening The Main Gallery exhibits works from 17 local artists in acrylic, watercolor and mixed media, photography, metal, wood, ceramic, mosaic, glass and jewelry. Through Aug. 30, 5-8 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.

'Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain' The David Rumsey Map Center hosts an exhibition opening and a symposium of talks that explore the shared terrain of maps and art. The symposium and exhibition mark the celebration of the third anniversary of the opening of the center. Through Sept. 30, 1-5 p.m. Free. The David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

'The Happy Homemaker: History of Household Appliances' The "Happy Homemaker: History of Household Appliances" exhibit showcases vintage washing machines, stoves, refrigerators, heaters, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers and more. Through Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

Helga Cristoph: 'Love is the Answer' Peabody Fine Art and Framing presents a painting exhibition by its new artist, Helga Christoph. Wednesdays, through Aug. 28. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art and Framing, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

Josiah McElheny: 'Island Universe' Josiah McElheny's "Island Universe" examines both cutting-edge art and physics. The monumental installation of five hanging chandeliers is a visual response to recent theories of the multiverse, an elaboration of the Big Bang theory. Through Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Kahlil Joseph: 'BLKNWS' Kahlil Joseph, a visiting artist in the new Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts program, presents his work "BLKNWS," a two-channel video projection that blurs the lines between art, journalism, entrepreneurship and cultural critique. Through Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

'The Medium Is the Message: Art since 1950' Using works created since 1950, this exhibition explores the relationship between subject, content and the materials that informed each object's production. Through Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

"Local Color" The Portola Art Gallery presents "Local Color," an exhibit of pastel and oil paintings by Mary K. Stahl. Mary's paintings offer viewers her interpretation of local color. Through July 31, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Public Tour: Auguste Rodin This exhibition celebrates Auguste Rodin's pursuit to convey complex emotions, diverse psychological states and pure sensuality through the nude. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 31; times vary. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Public Tour: Memorial Church Tours of Stanford Memorial Church, one of the earliest interdenominational churches in the West, feature the church's stone carvings, mosaics and stained glass windows. Ongoing, Fridays at 1 p.m. and the last Sunday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Walking Tour: Menlo Park Menlo Park Historical Association Board Secretary Bo Crane will lead a free walking tour of Menlo Park's oldest mansions and churches. Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Railroad Depot, 1120 Merrill St., Menlo Park.


NewGround Theatre Dance Company performs 'Star Seed' "Star Seed" combines movement, sound and imagery to illustrate the three "seeds" — breath, mind and voice — which all humans share. It offers a vision of the world in which people focus on their similarities, rather than their differences. Aug. 3, 7-9 p.m. $25; discounts for students, seniors, groups of 10 or more. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Building 3, Redwood City.

Capoeira United Capoeira Association Hayward will share the Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira and its music, with a brief history lesson and group participation class. July 31, 4-5 p.m. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.


'Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future' This film takes viewers from the Rim Fire of 2013 to the Wine Country wildfires of 2017, revealing how fire suppression and climate change have exposed forests and wild land-urban landscapes to high-severity wildfires, and exploring strategies to mitigate future disasters. Aug. 5, 7-9:30 p.m. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

'Do Dooni Chaar' In this film, Delhi schoolteacher Santosh strives to earn enough money to purchase a car. When the Duggal family decide to follow their dream and upgrade from a scooter, they embark on a roller-coaster ride filled with chaos and laughter. In Hindi with English subtitles. Aug. 7, 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival This free film festival will show 10 films from countries around the world, including India, Norway, Germany and Hungary. This year's films will focus on the theme "Earth: Habitat for All." June-September, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sapp Center Auditorium, Room 111, 376 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

'The Bit Player' The Computer History Museum presents a screening of "The Bit Player," the story of an overlooked genius who revolutionized the world but never lost his childlike curiosity. A Q&A with director Mark Levinson to follow the film. Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Menlo Movie Series Community members are invited to bring a blanket and picnic basket to watch a free outdoor movie. Friday evenings, through Sept. 20, 8:30-10 p.m. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

Movies on the Square Movies on the Square offers free outdoor movies every Thursday night. Screenings start at sundown. Through Aug. 29, 8:45 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Lessons & Classes

Beginning Ceramics In this beginning class geared toward teens and adults, attendees will learn to navigate the ceramics studio as well as the basics of hand building and slab work. Wednesdays through Aug. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Outdoor Recreation

Bird Walk This 90-minute bird walk covers Filoli's vast Nature Preserve. Saturdays through Aug. 31. There will be a 10:30 a.m.-noon session and a 12:30-2 p.m. session. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Rose Tour The Filoli Historic House and Garden hosts tours of its roses and other flowers to explore some of the special varieties grown and provide information on their care and history. Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-3:30 p.m. through Aug. 31. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside.

Home & Garden

Electric Leaf Blower Workshop and Demo Day This event covers electric alternatives to gas-powered leaf blowers. American Green Zone Alliance will present options for clean technology, low-noise, zero-emission grounds maintenance. Residents will be able to have a hands-on demonstration of some of the options on the market. Aug. 3, 1-3 p.m. Free. Town Center - Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Religion & Spirituality

Memorial Church Labyrinth The Memorial Church Labyrinth, where people can find balance, pray, facilitate meditation, insight and celebration, is open to the public. Fridays through Aug. 30. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.


Neighborhood Clean-Up Day GreenWaste Recovery, Inc., in cooperation with the Town of Portola Valley, will be conducting a Neighborhood Clean-Up and Medication Collection, exclusively for residents in the Town of Portola Valley. Aug. 3, 8-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.


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