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Concerts

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham
Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham -- with experience singing in operas ranging from classics by Mozart and Monteverdi to contemporary ones, including "Dead Man Walking" -- will perform a variety of songs at Stanford's premiere venue. March 5, 7:30 p.m. $30-$90. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

Community Events

Search engine marketers meet-up
Campanja and other Palo Alto-area search engine marketers will meet up to enjoy cocktails and conversation at The Patio in downtown Palo Alto. March 5, 5-8 p.m. Free. The Patio, 412 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Open Mic Night
BookBuyers is looking for authors and poets to read their works during an Open Mic Night. Those interested should contact the store for details and to sign up. March 5, 8-9:30 p.m. Free. BookBuyers Mountain View, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

Puppeteer Basil Twist with 'Animating the Inanimate'
Mohr Visiting Artist and master puppeteer Basil Twist will lead a discussion inspired by the 20th-century American art at Stanford University's Anderson Collection. He will also discuss the abstraction he has created through his own performances. March 5, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Environment

Felicia Marcus on 'California Water 2015'
As part of Acterra's 2015 Public Lecture Series, Felicia Marcus will give a lecture called "California Water 2015: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?" She will provide a sense of California's water setting; the impact of the drought and the state's actions to address it; and how the state needs to change its water management to deal with climate change, population growth and future food security. March 5, 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Symantec, 350 Ellis St., Building E, Room #102, Mountain View.

Live Music

'Spring Romance (A Cabaret Evening)'
This evening of song celebrating spring will include performances by local vocalists Kay Kostopoulos and Pamela Umali, who will be joined by Lisa Woo, Kobie Crawford, Joann Chang and the Rick Ferguson Quartet. Dinner and drinks will also be on hand. March 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15 online; $22 at the door. Angelicas Bistro, 863 Main St., Redwood City.

Lectures & Talks

Another Look Book Club: 'The Fire Next Time'
For the next Another Look Book Club event, English professor Michele Elam, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam, and English professor and author Tobias Wolff will lead a discussion about James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time," a biting yet compassionate reflection on the results of racial inequality in America. March 5, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
 

Lectures & Talks

Amanda Enayati on 'Seeking Serenity'
For this (S)He Talks event, CNN and PBS contributor Amanda Enayati will speak with Lisen Stromberg about Enayati's new book "Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules for Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety." March 5, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Garth Stein on 'A Sudden Light'
An author, playwright and co-founder of Seattle7Writers, Garth Stein will visit Books Inc. to discuss his new novel "A Sudden Light," which portrays multiple generations of life in the Pacific Northwest. March 5, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Enforcement of Judgments in the Digital Age'
San Mateo County Law Library will offer a lecture by David J. Cook called "Enforcement of Judgments in the Digital Age" that gives an overview and provides techniques, tactics and strategies for collecting judgments and filling out key forms. March 5, noon-1 p.m. Free. San Mateo County Law Library, 710 Hamilton Ave., Redwood City.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Lifetree Cafe: 'Coming Together - Finding Common Ground'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations exploring issues that divide families and communities, as well as ways to overcome economic, racial and other divisions. Complimentary refreshments will be served. March 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; March 5, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

On Stage

'Bye Bye Birdie'
Menlo-Atherton High School's drama department will put on a production of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," which follows rock 'n' roll star Conrad Birdie when he receives a draft notice from the U.S. Army. Tickets are available online and one hour before performances at the box office. Feb. 27 and 28, March 5 and 7, 7:30 p.m.; March 6, 3:30 p.m. $8 student, senior; $12 adult; group rates available. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

On Stage

'The American Clock'
Woodside Priory School will put on a production of "The American Clock" by Arthur Miller, in which actors -- accompanied by a live jazz band -- will play more than 50 roles in bringing the 1930s and the Great Depression to life. March 5-7, 7 p.m.; March 8, 2 p.m. 7-9:30 p.m. $5 student; $15 adult. Woodside Priory School, Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

On Stage

'Hamlet'
Under the direction of acclaimed director Rob Melrose, Stanford University undergraduates will stage William Shakespeare's intense tragedy "Hamlet" about a Danish prince seeking truth and vengeance. March 5-7, 8 p.m.; March 8, 2 p.m. $5-$15. Memorial Auditorium, Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.

On Stage

'Sunday in the Park with George'
Foothill Music Theatre will put on a production of "Sunday in the Park with George," a Broadway musical -- with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and story by James Lapine -- that centers on a fictionalized Georges Seurat. Feb. 19-March 8, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $12-$32. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller'
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College will host an exhibit called "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which shares images by the Havana-based photographer that capture Cuba, its people and their struggles in the post-revolution era. Jan. 21-March 11, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Food and Drink

Portola Valley Farmers' Market
This weekly, year-round farmers market in Portola Valley will offer farmstead meat, chicken, eggs, organic veggies, fruits and juices, wild and local seafood, fair trade coffee, gluten-free baked goods, pastas, sauces, olives, honey, jams, pickles, jerky, local breads and pastries, hot Roli Roti chicken and more. Thursdays, Nov. 6-March 12, 2-5 p.m. (winter hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp
Pilates Cardiocamp, offered three times weekly, seeks to help participants develop better posture, a stronger back and abdominal muscles. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9-March 16, 7-8 a.m. Prices vary; free week offered. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Exhibits

'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Volunteers

Open space district Outdoor Education Leaders opportunities
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is now recruiting volunteer docents for its school field trip program called "Spaces & Species: Exploring Natural Communities." Visit the website for info on the orientation and training dates this spring, as well as to complete required registration. Until March 16. Free. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos.
 

Volunteers

Open space district nature center opportunities
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is looking for volunteer docents to staff the David C. Daniels Center at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve on weekends. Visit the website for more info on the March orientation and training dates, as well as to complete required registration. Until March 16. Free. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Loose in Some Real Tropics'
The Cantor Arts Center will have an exhibit on display called "'Loose in Some Real Tropics': Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon' Project, 1969-1970," which shares and documents Rauschenberg's lithographs, drawings, photographs and correspondence from his participation in the NASA Art Program capturing the Apollo 11 mission. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 24-March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

On Stage

'Show People'
For its latest show, Dragon Productions will stage a production of "Show People," a play written by Paul Weitz in which a tech entrepreneur tries to impress his violinist girlfriend by hiring two washed-up Broadway stars to play his parents. The show includes adult language. Feb. 27-March 22, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Birds of America: Audubon Collection'
To begin the 2015 season of art exhibits, Filoli will share its collection of 30 prints of American birds, which were first illustrated by John James Audubon in the 19th century through engraved plates. Feb. 10-March 22, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Family and Kids

Junior Naturalist: 'Fins and Wings'
The Junior Naturalist series in March will combine live animal observation, talks by experts and interactive kits, allowing children to see closely the unique adaptations and features of birds and marine animals. Thursdays, March 5-26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $75. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Write Your Life memoir classes
Local author Phyllis Butler will offer weekly classes at Deborah's Palm on writing memoirs, providing prompts and guidance. Thursdays, March 5-26, noon-1 p.m. $50 series; $15 drop in. Deborah's Palm Women's Center, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Emotional Landscapes'
Gallery House will install a new exhibit of acrylic paintings and monotypes by Sydell Lewis and mixed-media paintings by Midori McCabe, called "Emotional Landscapes." A reception with the artists will be held on Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 3-28, Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Lake Effect'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "The Lake Effect," a new drama written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Giovanna Sardelli in which the grown-up children of an Indian restaurant owner consider the legacy of the now-closed family business. See website for specific times and dates. March 4-29. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'H2O -- Water'
A Gallery 9 exhibit called "H20 -- Water" of black and white photography by Bay Area artist Roy V. Harrington will include images capturing forms of water including clouds, lakes and streams, and ice. A reception will be held on March 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. March 2-29, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Watercolors' by Maria Klawe
The Community School for Music and the Arts will host an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Maria Klawe -- a mathematician, computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College. Feb. 6-March 29, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Canadian, Anishnaabe (Ojibway) artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Sensual Splendor'
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'In a Classical Mood'
The Portola Art Gallery will present an exhibit called "In a Classical Mood," a collection of oil still-life paintings by Linda Salter. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, March 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Sports

Mountain View Tennis Club membership special
Mountain View Tennis Club is offering discounted membership rates until the end of March. Mountain View residents new to the club can sign up for a 2015 membership for $10. City residents renewing their membership can get a rate of $20, as well as add a new adult family member for free. All applicants must fill out a membership form online. Through March 31. $10 new member; $20 renewing member. Mountain View Tennis Club, P.O. Box 336, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Touched by Color'
Garden Fresh Restaurant will have on display an exhibit of local artist Susan Migliore's plein air landscape paintings, which explore the interplay of light, color and texture. Feb. 19-April 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Auditions

ECYS new member auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is accepting audition applications for the 2015-16 season. Director Jindong Cai invites musicians ages 6 to 18 to try out for one of the symphony's ensembles. Auditions will be held in March and early April. More info about the application and audition requirements is on the website. Feb. 5-April 15. El Camino Youth Symphony Association, 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Crazy 8's Math Club
This club for kids who enjoy math will meet weekly -- at 3:30 p.m. for those in kindergarten to second grade, and at 4:30 p.m. for third- to fifth-graders. Thursdays, Feb. 26-April 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

Art School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center will have on display a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection," which showcases modern pieces from China drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

'Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson'
The Cantor Arts Center will host an exhibit of unconventional clay sculptures by Robert Arneson, who frequently used himself as a subject throughout his more-than-40-year career. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'The Bay Area and Beyond'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display a long-term exhibit of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the Bay Area. Works will include pieces by artists with Stanford connections, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Community Events

Language Swap
This weekly Mountain View Public Library event will allow community members to both practice speaking a different language and teach a language to others. All levels and drop-ins are welcome. Thursdays, year-round, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Teen Activities

Alateen meeting
Alateen, a community of young people (ages 12 to 18) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking, holds weekly meetings to give each other support -- whether the alcoholic continues to drink or not. Meetings are confidential, anonymous and non-religious. The program is sponsored by Al-Anon and based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Thursdays, Feb. 12-Oct. 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Drive, Room 8, Palo Alto.