This week's A&E highlights


Comedian Sammy Obeid

Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American comedian Sammy Obeid (of Oakland) will perform his "Running for President in 2036. Make America Great Again, Again!" show on two evenings (Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m.) at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Obeid has been featured on NBC's "America's Got Talent" and gained notoriety for his "1,001 Arabian Nights of Comedy" endeavor, a 1,001-day consecutive comedy-performance streak, including an appearance on Conan O'Brien's show on TBS. His Palo Alto performances are sponsored by local theater group EnActe Arts. Tickets are $15-$100. Go to tikkl.com/enacte/c/sammy_obeid.

Schola Cantorum's Valentine's Day Sing-along

To quote Paul McCartney, "some people want to fill the world with silly love songs, and what's wrong with that?" Schola Cantorum will hold its annual Valentine's Day Sing-along on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. Led by Schola Cantorum's Dawn Reyen at the piano, all are welcome to gather 'round and sing familiar songs about love, including "Till There Was You" from "The Music Man," and "If Ever I Would Leave You" from "Camelot," The Beatles' "She Loves You" and the Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love." Lyrics will be projected on an overhead screen. Tickets are $15. Go to ScholaCantorum.org.

Pacific Art League's 'Club 21' Gala

Polish your pearls, dust off your flapper duds and practice your the Charleston: In celebration of its founding in 1921, the Pacific Art League is going back to the Roaring '20s for its benefit gala, which raises funds for the venerable art league's education and engagement programs. The "Great Gatsby"-styled soiree will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Guests can sip wine, munch refreshments and enjoy jazzy entertainment while bidding on auction items and supporting a local arts tradition. Admission is $150. Go to pacificartleague.org/1921.

'A California Indian Feast Exhibition'

An exhibit on traditional California Indian food sources, feasts, environmental practices and the importance of traditional foods in contemporary communities, "Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider," is currently on display at the Los Altos History Museum (51 S. San Antonio Road) through April 16. The exhibit is based on the 2008 book of the same name, by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley. On Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, the museum will host a free family event on native foods, at which children can grind acorns, make a craft and sample cuisine. Go to losaltoshistory.org.

'Giving Robots a Life'

Who are the humans behind the "personalities" of AI helpers like Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and others? Creating social robots involves more than just engineers and computer scientists, it also involves writers. At a free lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at noon, writer Elizabeth Arredondo will discuss her work creating characters for television, interactive media and "social robotics," including, most recently, her work on Mabu, a robot wellness coach. This lecture is part of Stanford's Interactive Media & Games weekly seminar series and will be held at the McMurtry Art & Art History Building, Oshman Presentation Space, Room 102, 355 Roth Way, Stanford. Go to tinyurl.com/zc99reu.


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