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Lectures & TalksComputer History Museum: Celebrating 35 Years
Museum co-founder Gordon Bell and Chairman Len Shustek will talk about the making of the computing museum and its impact with President and CEO John Hollar. Register on the website is encouraged. Sept. 26, noon. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Teen ActivitiesTeen Game Night
The Menlo Park Library will host a game night for teens age 12 to 18; attendees can play online games on available computers, the video game Rock Band or popular board games with other teens. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. Sept. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Success By Design: Is It Possible?'
Challenge Success, a nonprofit founded at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, will hold a parent education talk called "Success By Design: Is It Possible?" about different definitions of success for students. Keynote speakers will include Wendy Mogel and Dave Evans, as well as Challenge Success co-founders Denise Pope and Madeline Levine. Sept. 26, 7-9 p.m. $10 adult; free for ages 18 and under. Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
FilmFamily Movie Night
This month's Family Movie Night at the Atherton Library will offer a screening of "The Croods," an animated movie about a prehistoric family. The film is 98 minutes long and rated PG. Sept. 26, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Karen Joy Fowler on 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves'
Karen Joy Fowler will speak in conversation with Andrew Sean Greer to celebrate the inclusion of her latest book "We Are All Beside Ourselves" on the Man Booker Prize 2014 short list. Sept. 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Community EventsFriday Night at The Art Center
The Palo Alto Art Center will hold an opening reception for the exhibit, "I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture." Sept. 26, 7-10 p.m. Free Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
AuditionsFoothill dance company open call
The Foothill Repertory Dance Company will hold auditions for dancers of all abilities, backgrounds, styles and sizes. Contact Bubba Gong for more info. Sept. 24 and 26, 6 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Room 2504, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Live MusicZen Zenith residency at Red Rock
Local musician Zen Zenith will continue his residency at Red Rock Coffee, where he will perform acoustic sets, sing and tell stories. Fridays, Sept. 5-26, 8-10:30 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China'
The exhibit "Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China: Photographs of Land and Culture" will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation. June 23-Sept. 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.
Art GalleriesRichard Bostrom solo exhibit
Gallery 9 in Los Altos will mount an exhibit of wood sculpture and abstract paintings by Bay Area artist Richard Bostrom. Sept. 2-27, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
On Stage'A Moment (Un)Bound'
The drama "A Moment (Un)Bound" -- presented by Arc:Hive and inspired by notes and clippings found in books donated to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library -- will follow archivists Lucy and Ella as they sort, preserve and try not to get stuck in the past. Sept. 19-28, Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $15. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On Stage'Big Fish'
The Palo Alto Players will put on a production of "Big Fish," a visually-striking musical that pays tribute to family and the magic of storytelling. Sept. 12-28, Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $34-$48. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'
The Los Altos Stage Company will put on several performances of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical." Set in a mobile home community called Armadillo Acres, the campy musical involves a young stripper, an agoraphobic housewife and a tollbooth collector. Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 4-28, 8 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Decline & Renewal'
The Mohr Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Decline & Renewal, Mixed Media Works on Paper" by artist Erin Goodwin-Guerrero. Aug. 8-Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Art GalleriesRecent works by Carolyn Jones
The Portola Art Gallery will host an exhibit of recent oil paintings by Menlo Park artist Carolyn Jones. Paintings include scenes from her travels in California, Vermont and France. Monday-Sunday, Sept. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
The Community School of Music and Arts will have on display an exhibit called "Recorded Live: Drawings, Paintings and Collage," which features works exploring the human form by a number of artists. Sept. 2-30, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by local artist Diana Ware Collins. Her works depict landscapes and scenes from her time spent in Yosemite and abroad. July 30-Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsGroup Piano for Children
This weekly Menlo Park class aims to make piano lessons productive and enjoyable by arranging beginner students in small groups. Fridays, Sept. 25-Dec. 5, 3:45-4:30 p.m. $298 resident; $401 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
On Stage'House and Garden'
This production of Alan Ayckbourn's "House and Garden" will include two comedies taking place simultaneously in two adjacent theaters -- with a shared cast. One follows the Platts as they host an annual May Fete at their English estate, while the other takes place on the same estate's grounds. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 12-Oct. 5, 8-10:30 p.m. $10-$35. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Night, Smoke and Shadows'
This exhibition, named "Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century," includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Felicien Rops and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
SeniorsLa Comida Senior Lunch Program
Nonprofit La Comida welcomes seniors age 60 and older and their guests to enjoy an appetizing and nutritious three-course lunch, along with camaraderie, music and activities. Lunch is served weekdays at three Palo Alto locations. Visit the website or call for the other venues and more info. Monday-Friday, year-round, 11:15-12:15 p.m. $3 voluntary contribution for adults 60 and over; $8 charge for those under 60. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
VolunteersLa Comida volunteer opportunities
The La Comida Senior Lunch Program has various volunteer opportunities available, including helping to welcome and serve seniors, translate, assist with special programs and do community outreach. Monday-Friday, year-round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features about 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. Wednesday-Monday, May 14-Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsPlein-air sessions for kids
This autumn Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold three Saturday art sessions for children ages 8 to 13 in Palo Alto parks, each dedicated to a different material: pastels (Sept. 20), acrylics (Sept. 27) and watercolor (Oct. 11). Visit the website for info and to register. Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 half day; $80 full day. Foothills Park or Baylands Nature Preserve, , Palo Alto.
Gallery House will mount a new exhibit called "Choice," composed of watercolors by Uma Kelkar and oil paintings by Krishna Kopell. A public reception for the artists will be held on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Sept. 23-Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
ExhibitsPop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Pomegranate Art' by Linda Tapscott
The Oshman Family JCC will have on display pomegranate wire mesh sculptures by Linda Tapscott in the Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Sympathy for the Devil'
As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsPreschool Storytime
Weekly Preschool Storytime events will return to the Atherton Library, with stories, songs, rhymes and more for ages 3 to 5. Fridays, Sept. 5-Dec. 19, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
DanceSocial Ballroom Dancing
Social ballroom dancing takes place every Friday and Saturday throuhgout the year at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson followed by general dancing. Go to www.cubberleyballroom.com for lesson schedule. No experience or partner necessary. Cover includes refreshments. 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFor 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.
Exhibits'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 130 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank's book, "The Americans." His images document subjects including Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Family and KidsArt 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.
Classes/WorkshopsJoyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through 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 at Museum Way, 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.
Art Galleries'From the Ground Up'
Artists Martha Castillo and Trevlyn Williams will have new works on display at Gallery House, which are inspired by the colors, textures and light of California's natural landscapes. A reception will be held on July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 1-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.