"I think medicine isn't always equipped to handle these kinds of issues, which is why ethicists like me are so interested," she said.
"Homo Ex Machina" was funded by a grant from Stanford's Medicine and the Muse program, which this year is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Like in "Frankenstein," the characters in Kreitmair's play must consider both the wonders and the potential drawbacks of science and technology. "Homo Ex Machina" will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday-Sunday, May 3-6, as well as at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Go to homoexmachina.brownpapertickets.com.
Independent Bookstore Day
Local indie bookstores Books Inc. and Kepler's Books will be hosting special events featuring exclusive literary items at their shops on Saturday, April 28, in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. The nationwide event first launched in book shops across California in 2014 to recognize the importance of independent bookstores as community gathering places.
Kepler's will be offering limited-edition books and other items as part of the celebration.
At Books Inc. in Palo Alto and Mountain View, customers with librofm audio book memberships will receive free audiobooks. Releases include "Tangerine," by Christine Mangan; "The Paris Secret," by Karen Swan; "Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharpby," by John Medina; "Strange the Dreamer," by Laini Taylor; and "The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body," read by Polly Adams, Cassandra Morris and a cast of kids. For more information, go to booksinc.net or Keplers.com.
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