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Lectures & TalksAuthor Ian Morris
Historian, archaeologist and Stanford Classics professor Ian Morris will discuss and sign his new book, "War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots." His work tells the story of 15,000 years of war, going beyond the battles and brutality to reveal what war has done to and for the world. April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksHelen Bigelow at Books Inc.
Helen Park Bigelow shares her memoir "Given Time." This recounting of her 35 year relationship and marriage with photographer and musician Edward Bigelow is a look at two strong, artistic people who supported each other with love until the end. April 16, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksConversation with Tony Kushner
Stanford University will host a conversation between professor Peggy Phelan and Tony Kushner. Kushner is the award-winning author of such plays and screenplays as "Angels in America," "Lincoln," "Caroline or Change" and "Munich." April 16, 6-7 p.m. Free (open to public). Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium Complex, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Outdoors'Refresh Your Garden Design'
The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will feature a program by Rebecca Sweet on refurbishing gardens for added interest and easy maintenance. April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksInternational Journalists panel
A panel of international journalists in the Knight Fellow program at Stanford will discuss news challenges in difficult political environments. The event is co-sponsored by World Affairs Council, Peninsula Chapter, and the Los Altos Public Library. April 16, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksStanford Executive Briefings
Itamar Simonson, professor of marketing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, will use analysis, case studies and cutting-edge research to discuss how to influence consumer decision-making in an age of mass information. April 16, 7:30-9 a.m. $65. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksWilliam Deresiewicz: "Excellent Sheep"
William Deresiewicz will discuss his forthcoming book, "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life." He will read an excerpt and afterwards take part in a conversation with professor Rob Reich on the issues brought up in the book. April 16, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksSpitzer Space Observatory lecture
Dr. Michael Bicay from NASA's Ames Research Center will give an illustrated and non-technical talk called "Lifting the Cosmic Veil: Highlights from a Decade of the Spitzer Space Telescope." The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, which is in its 14th year. April 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; $3 for parking. Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
HealthNational Health Care Decisions Day
El Camino Hospital will celebrate National Health Care Decisions Day by setting up tables outside the cafeteria and next to the Health Library Resource Center. Information will be distributed about making important health care decisions. April 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsWatercolor with Alisan Andrews
In this class on watercolor painting, students will learn the basic techniques of this medium, gaining an understanding of paint, water color paper, the use of brushes and how to control water.Wednesdays, March 12-April 16, 10 a.m.-noon. $120. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Community Events'Living with Autism' conversation
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring how to cope with the challenges of autism. Participants will learn about autism and connect with others who live with or who care for people with autism. Complimentary snacks will be provided. April 16, 7-8 p.m.; April 17, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'SpaceCase': Paintings by Jessica Eastburn
The Canada College Art Gallery presents "SpaceCase," a series of paintings by local artist Jessica Eastburn. Using traditional manual methods, Eastburn has created paintings that resemble highly-digitalized artwork. A special reception will be held March 18 to celebrate the opening. Monday through Thursday, March 18-April 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Canada College Art Gallery, Building 9, Room 152, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.
Classes/WorkshopsYouth Studio Production Camp
Students will use KMVT's professional studio equipment to learn basic skills in screenwriting, story boarding, camera work, lighting, directing, sound design, acting and editing. The result will be an entire production, which will be broadcast on Cable Channel 15. April 14-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $349. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsAdult Studio Production
This workshop will give hands on experience with operating the cameras, teleprompter, audio, switcher and character graphics. Learn practical skills on how all the equipment works and functions during a production. You will work with your group to do a "program piece" rotating crew positions. Class is for ages 16+. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $99. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
Art GalleriesPacific 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.
ExhibitsBest 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 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Anderson Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Hound of the Baskervilles' Play
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.
AuditionsEl 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 GalleriesJim 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.
Classes/WorkshopsMeet the iPad
This class will cover basic functionality, application use, settings management, helpful features and more in a personal and comfortable setting. It will be taught by Curtis Golden of Seniors Savvy. Wednesdays, April 9-30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $60. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
ExhibitsPortola 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 EventsCommunity 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.
ExhibitsArtist Alan VanEss exhibit
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'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.
Lectures & TalksAudubon Speaker Series
The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society invites the community to join birders, scientists, researchers, travelers and photographers from around the Bay Area for a fun and educational evening of science, travel stories and photography. Check website for specific event details. Third Wednesday of the month, through May, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Rm H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, 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.
Classes/WorkshopseBooks and eAudiobooks Help
The Portola Valley library invites community members to make a one-on-one appointment to receive help accessing the library’s free online books. Bring a device and any questions to this session. Please contact the library to sign up for an appointment. Wednesdays, March 19-May 28, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
ExhibitsPlein 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.
HealthJacki’s Aerobic Dancing Classes
These fitness classes include core work, strength training and aerobic routines. Jacki's also offers complimentary child care; bring children and get the first month of classes for free. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, until June, 9-10 a.m. $4 per class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
SportsUSYVL Youth Volleyball League
Spring registration for the United States Youth Volleyball League program is under way for the Mountain View site at Sylvan Park. The 8-week youth volleyball program for ages 7 to 15 is great for all abilities. Space is limited. Visit website for details. The program runs April 16-June 7. $150. Sylvan Park, 550 Sylvan Ave., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Revolutions in Eastern Europe' Exhibit
The Hoover Institution’s new 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' Exhibit
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/WorkshopsRepairing 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.
ExhibitsAmerican 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.
Classes/WorkshopsPastel plein air painting classes with Jan Prisco
The Portola Art Gallery’s Jan Prisco will offer weekly pastel plein air painting classes at Allied Arts Guild and other Peninsula locations. Beginning and intermediate pastel painters are welcome. Wednesdays, April 16 through August 1, 1:30-4:15 p.m. $30/class; $100/four-class bundle. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
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 KidsMarine 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.
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 DrinkMountain Goat Farmers' Market
The weekly farmers' market will feature organic fruits and veggies, farm eggs, honey, fresh local seafood, oysters, handmade sausages, nut butters, vegan cheeses, fair trade coffee, jams, pickles, grass-fed beef, local baked goods and more. Opening day is April 2. Wednesdays, April-December, 3-7 p.m. Free. Mountain Goat Farmers' Market, 17285 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.
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.
Community EventsESL Conversation Club
Those learning or improving spoken English are invited to come practice at the club with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome, and no registration is required. Wednesdays, March through May, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.