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Inside the lines
Most kids are familiar with the simple pleasures of coloring. Now, grown-ups are getting in touch with their inner children and finding out coloring is just as much fun in adulthood. Visit any bookshop and you'll see displays of grown-up coloring books in a range of styles. Local libraries have embraced the coloring craze, holding events that allow adults to unwind and dust off their Crayolas. Wednesday, 1:58 PM

Fine dining, with a few quirks
It didn't take long to realize that Bird Dog is not the kind of restaurant Palo Alto sees very often. The restaurant, which opened at 420 Ramona St. in November, offers big-city sophistication with a hefty dose of quirkiness. Thursday, 1:14 PM

'Inside the art'
High-tech digital installations with traditional Japanese influences are on display in "Living Digital Space and Future Parks," the new exhibition at Pace Art + Technology, a pop-up space for the New York-based Pace Gallery. The gallery, located at Tesla's former dealership in Menlo Park, will present the large-scale exhibition by the Japanese art collective teamLab beginning Feb. 6 and continuing through July 1. Thursday, 12:09 PM

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check art by local students at Mountain View's City Hall, hear the best-selling author of "The Life of Pi" discuss his new book, and see Mo Willems' beloved book characters take the stage in "We Are In A Play!" Thursday, 12:07 PM

Somewhere in the middle
The mundane and the cosmic are side by side in Los Altos Stage Company's production of "Middletown," which creates a quiet place for contemplation through its portrayal of small-town life. Thursday, 12:01 PM | 1 comments

Children's Theatre: They are in a play!
Parents, children's literature fans, and well-read local kids are likely familiar with the work of Mo Willems. His style is a blend of simple-yet-expressive animal characters with clever, quippy and emotionally resonant dialogue. In my house, the favorite is his "Elephant & Piggie" series, which is now presented at Palo Alto Children's Theatre in the form of "Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are In A Play!'" Monday, 10:09 AM

This week's A&E highlights: Italian festival, jazz concert and talk on extraterrestrial life
This week's top events include Valerie Capers in concert, a free talk on extraterrestrial life by a NASA scientist and an Italian festival. Thursday, 12:27 PM

Moroccan food with a little shimmy
The only thing better than dinner . . . is dinner and a show. Thursday night is always a belly-baring party at Morocco's Restaurant in downtown Mountain View. Munch on authentic Moroccan food and watch belly dancers shake, balance and twirl.
Friday, 8:15 AM

A joyful 'Noise'
From handmade acoustic instruments to powerful distorted electronics, from teenage phenoms to music-world veterans, KZSU's "Day of Noise" represents an eclectic range of sounds and styles. What its diverse artists have in common is a commitment to experiment live on air for the Stanford University radio station's annual 24-hour event. Wednesday, 4:58 PM

Theatreworks show celebrates Irving Berlin
"The song is ended," as one of Irving Berlin's lyrics goes, "but the melody lingers on." Though he first rose to fame more than a century ago, Berlin's melodies have been lingering on in popular culture ever since, including in the one-man show "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin," presented by Theatreworks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Thursday, 11:11 AM

Review: Fired up at Vesta
My new favorite pizza in the whole world is the carbonara at Vesta in downtown Redwood City. What could have been a dense, gooey affair was feather light, packed with flavor and satisfying. On subsequent visits, I had to force myself to order other menu items so I could complete this review. Thursday, 10:52 AM | 1 comments

Season of pho
There's not yet a study to back it up, but I'm convinced there's a strong correlation between cold, rainy weather and cravings for phở. Friday, 7:34 AM

The writer's voice: A conversation with Elizabeth Strout
Having won the Pulitzer Prize for her 2008 novel-in-stories "Olive Kitteridge," Elizabeth Strout has now delivered another book about motherhood and parenting, secrets kept and revelations deferred. Thursday, 10:22 AM

American dreamers
Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Death of a Salesman" is frequently taught in high school English classes, local ones included. Palo Alto Players' new version of the theater classic boasts many Gunn High School connections in the cast and crew. Their experiences with the play at Gunn led to this production's creation. Thursday, 10:21 AM

Indian favorite keeps delivering
Relax, Peninsula diners. Amber India may have changed venues and cities, but it's still deserving of its reputation as the premier local Indian restaurant. Thursday, 4:29 PM

This week's A&E highlights: SingFest, St. Lawrence String Quartet and more

Jym Marks to perform with his jazz quartet in Menlo Park

This week's A&E highlights: Improv class, baroque music and more

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