Stanford exhibit celebrates 'The Japanese Garden'
"The Japanese Garden: A Historical Account of Japanese Culture and Tradition" is on display in the lobby of the East Asia Library, Graduate School of Business South at Stanford University, through March 1. Curated by students of the introductory seminar "Gardens and Sacred Spaces in Japan," the exhibition explores the evolution of Japanese gardens from ancient times to the modern day. According to Stanford, the students hope the display will both represent what they have learned from the course, as well as highlight the interplay between the garden and Japan's religious and sociopolitical history.
The free exhibition is open to the public Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free jazz performance
Jym Marks, a jazz musician, poet, author, lecturer and owner of Markstyle Barber Shop in Menlo Park, is set to offer a jazz performance Saturday, Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St.
According to the city of Menlo Park, he once opened for Thelonious Monk at Palo Alto High School in 1967. He has also maintained a tradition of walking from his home in Fremont to his Menlo Park business, about 12 miles, on his birthday each November.
Register for the event online at is.gd/marksjazz.
Benefit concert for LightHouse
Steve and Anne Gill, along with former Woodside resident Jenn Mitchell, who now sings with the San Francisco Symphony, will present "Magic to do: Broadway in the 1970s" for the 18th annual benefit concert for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 and 19.
The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Menlo School's Spieker Ballroom (50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton).
The Gills will be joined by Menlo alumni, former Menlo music director Linda Jordan and Bay Area director and actor Alex Perez. They will present highlights from "Pippin," "Godspell," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Company," "Chorus Line" and other shows.
In 1997, shortly after Anne graduated from Los Altos High School, she was in a near-fatal car accident that left her blind and brain injured. The Gills, frustrated that many programs serve those with traumatic brain injuries, and others help the blind and visually impaired, but very few resources are designed for people with multiple disabilities, discovered that the San Francisco-based LightHouse offers a session at its Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) in the Napa Hills for visually impaired adults with other disabilities.
The proceeds of this year's concert will be used to help rebuild the many sections of the camp that were destroyed by the Napa wildfires of 2017.
A donation of $20 is requested, and seating is first-come, first served. For information, call 650948-4648 or email [email protected]
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