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Film

'Inequality for All' Movie Night:
"Inequality for All" is a documentary film directed by Jacob Kornbluth. The film examines widening income inequality in the United States. The film will be presented by economist, author and professor Robert Reich. April 24, 7:30-9 p.m. Free (open to public); contributions requested. Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Lectures & Talks

Author Albert Rothenberg
Albert Rothenberg, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently a Stanford fellow, will speak about his novel "Madness and Glory." The work of historical fiction follows a real doctor, Dr. Philippe Pinel, who freed the mentally ill during the French Revolution. April 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Lectures & Talks

Parenting with Dr. Brad Sachs
Brad Sachs, Ph.D., will speak to parents of children in grades 5 to 12, about parent-child communication; enhancing adolescents' self-awareness, self-esteem and self-reliance; and how to soften family conflict. April 24, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos High School, Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.

Lectures & Talks

USGS April public lecture
Thomas L. Holzer of the United States Geological Survey will give a lecture called "Catastrophic Earthquakes: In a Crowded World." He will discuss the frequency of catastrophic earthquakes in the 21st century, the history and future of earthquake death tolls and the urbanization of the planet. April 24, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, Building 3, Conference Room A, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

PYD Forum on student debt
Peninsula Young Democrats will host a forum on the issue of student debt, featuring special guest panelest Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski. April 24, 6-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church, Fireside Room, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Relay For Life fundraiser with Yipee
Yipee, a program of Mountain View's Chamber of Commerce, will participate in Relay For Life for the fifth year in a row. Admission for this mixer will include two drinks from Steins' selection of handcrafted beers. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Relay For Life. April 24, 5-7 p.m. $10. Steins Beer Garden, 895 Villa St., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland will give a talk entitled "Plutocrats, the Hollowed out Middle Class and Democracy." She will discuss the status of plutocrats in North America today, who have never been richer or wielded more economic power. April 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Law School, Room 290, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

'Nourishing Picky Eaters ages 1-8'
In this talk given by Anna Miller, parents will learn how to avoid food battles and create nutritious, enjoyable meal times. The presentation will include time for a Q&A. April 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

Springer Art docent show
The Los Altos Art Docents will present the Springer Art Show, with the work of students from kindergarten to 6th grade. Featured pieces will include watercolor, clay, cut paper, printmaking and drawing. April 24, 4-8 p.m. Free. Springer Elementary School, 1120 Rose Ave., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Intermediate Facebook Class
This class will inform students on how social media works, specifically Facebook. Those who attend should already have a Facebook account, know their password, and bring a laptop or tablet. Seats are limited. April 24, 1:30-3 p.m. $10. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Food and Drink

'SHARE' cookbook event
Women for Women International activist Laurie Pastrone and chef and Flea Street Cafe owner Jesse Cool will tell the story behind "SHARE The Cookbook that Celebrates Our Common Humanity." Sample dishes from the book will be on-hand. Please RSVP. April 24, 7 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

Community Events

After the Attack: Picking up the Pieces and Moving On
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host an hour-long conversation exploring how to pick up the pieces and go on with life after a crisis. Participants will learn about how both a victim and attacker were able to move on with their lives. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. April 23, 7 p.m.; April 24, 9:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops

Digital Photography with Neal Mesnchel
Taught by acclaimed photojournalist Neal Menschel, this four-week workshop will focus on camera equipment, capturing images and composition. April 3-24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $150. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

Pacific Art League Exhibitions
The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto will host two new exhibitions in April: "Spring Awakening" and "Local Talent." All are invited to attend the opening reception held on April 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Pacific Art League. April 4-April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (gallery hours). Free. Pacific Art League, 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'From the Earth, into the Sky' Exhibit
Gallery House presents an exhibition of pottery by Thomas Arakawa and paintings by Maura Carta. A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is on display April 1-26, every day except Monday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Bodie' Photo Exhibit by Aki Mori
Aki Mori’s digital color photography, "Bodie," will be on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. Bodie was a busy gold mine center in late 1870 through the early 1890s. The images express the passage of time in this ghost town. A reception will be held on Friday, April 4, from 5-8 p.m. April 1-26, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Best in Kind: San Francisco Bay Area Ceramic Artists'
Curated by Jo Killen, this exhibit hosted by local fine arts press Smith Anderson Editions will showcase impressive ceramic pieces made by artists around the Bay Area. A reception will be held Saturday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. March 15-April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Anderson Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto.

Health

Four-day 'Inner Engineering' program
Inner Engineering is a technology for well-being derived from the ancient science of yoga. A program for self-empowerment and personal growth, the four-day Inner Engineering course aims to help students live life to a greater potential. April 24-27, 6:30-7 p.m. $325; $275 before April 10. Lucille M. Nixon Elementary, 1711 Stanford Ave., Stanford.

On Stage

'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles," adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The company takes the story of a curse, a ghostly hound and an insane murderer and adds some comedy to the suspense. Check website for specific dates and times. April 2-27, 2, 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Auditions

El Camino Youth Symphony Auditions
ECYS is holding new member auditions for the 2014-15 season. ECYS offers six different orchestras as well as opportunities in chamber music for musicians of all levels. Interested applicants, ages 6-18, with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to apply. Auditions in March/April 2014. $25 audition fee. To be determined, To be determined, Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg Exhibit
Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg are two American artists who depict every day objects in various ways; 20 of their prints will be on display. Ongoing from Dec. 11 to April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

Portola Valley Watershed exhibit
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley. The library will help celebrate throughout the month of April with an exhibit of the local watershed, including Sausal Creek. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Art Galleries

'Japan Revisited' Photo Exhibit
The Portola Art Gallery presents "Japan Revisited," photographs by Frances Freyberg. The color photos feature landscapes, cityscapes, shrine scenes and portraits from Freyberg’s 2013 travels through the country. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

Community Poem at Atherton Library
The Atherton Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a collaborative poem. All community members are invited to contribute to a collective poem created and on display in the library. April 1-30, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Exhibits

Artist Alan VanEss
The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

On Stage

'Smash' play
This political comedy features a runaway groom who abandons his bride on their wedding day so he can overthrow the British government. April 10-May 4, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Harold and Maude'
Los Altos Stage Company will perform "Harold and Maude," a dark romantic comedy about the friendship between Harold, a young man obsessed with death, and octogenarian Maude, who is filled with a zest for life. April 10-May 4, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 p.m. $32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'The Honest Landscape': Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 in England and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. Will be on display Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 27 until May 4, 2014. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court'
The 16 prints and drawings featured in this installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. Works on view include etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe, who created pointed political satires. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit
This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits. Wednesday-Sunday, until May 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'Rise Again' photo exhibit
The "Rise Again" exhibit is composed of photographs taken by Roger Spinti in the aftermath of the Haiyan Typhoon. There will have a special reception on April 26. All proceeds from sales from this exhibit will go to help the victims of the typhoon, with funds to be channeled to victims' communities by Catholic Relief Services. Until May 20, 1-4 p.m. Free. Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 261 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Dreams': Works by Avery Palmer
This exhibition of works by artist and CSMA faculty member Avery Palmer will include ceramics, paintings and drawings. An opening reception will be held with the artist on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. April 11-May 25, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Intaglio: The Art of Incision'
Woodcut and relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screen printing have all been used to produce book illustrations at various points in printing history. Intaglio is one of the oldest of these processes and is the focus of this exhibit. March 3-May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art & Architecture Library, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

Plein Aire Group Watercolor Exhibit
An exhibit of works by the Pleine Aire Group of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is on display at the Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter. The works all involve the Baylands or other local open spaces. Until May 30, Monday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Revolutions in Eastern Europe'
The Hoover Institution's exhibition, "Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 1989-1990," includes dissident literature, political platforms, campaign ephemera, photographs and posters from the era. Tuesday through Saturday, through Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hoover Institution, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.

Exhibits

'The Circle of the Sun'
This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, noon-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Repairing Strained Relationships
This 11-week workshop on working through and resolving family conflicts will be led by Jack Hamilton, senior research scientist and former Stanford instructor. April 11-June 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $100 members; $125 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Boomer Stability Ball Blast
Instructor LuAnne will teach the basics of stability ball: position, function and breathing. As students improve their balance, the class will pick up the pace to increase heart rate, muscle strength and endurance. Students need a ball and a mat. Registration is required. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 22-July 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $165 weekly; $265 twice weekly. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Exhibits

American Photographs: A Cultural History
Professor Alexander Nemerov designed this exhibition to illuminate his course on American photographs. The 14 works on display range from a Civil War-era photograph by Timothy O’Sullivan to street photography by Robert Frank, work by Diane Arbus from the 1960s and work by Helen Levitt from the 1970s. March 12 to July 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'85 Years 85 Artists' exhibit
Menlo College looks at the past 85 years through the eyes of artists. Artists from around the world were randomly assigned a year to illustrate. The "85 Years 85 Artists" exhibit has participating artists in 21 states, plus the Netherlands, England and Italy. A reception will be held March 26 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 26-July 11, 9-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.

Exhibits

'Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery'
James Chang has incorporated Rodin's hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

Marine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute is hosting a camp that offers hands-on activities, live animals and educational field trips including a day aboard the Marine Science Institute research vessel. Week-long camps run from June 16–Aug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.

Exhibits

Carleton Watkins: 'The Stanford Albums'
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Act of 1864, Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibition of 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins' Pacific Coast photographs, all drawn from three unbound albums in the Stanford library’s Special Collections. April 23-Aug. 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'Capturing Light: The World as We See It'
"Capturing Light" is a judged exhibit and sale of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 photos taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds from print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in local schools. A public reception will be held on March 30, 2-5 p.m. March through August, 8-noon; 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Food and Drink

Portola Valley Farmers' Market
This farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruits and vegetables, local grass-fed beef, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, hot free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten-free baked goods, organic fruit popsicles, nuts and nut butters, pickles, jerky, artisan breads, empanadas, goat’s milk chocolates, flowers, crafts and music. Thursdays, year-round, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Classes/Workshops

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.