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Family and Kids

Family Movie Night
Atherton Library will hold a screening of the Disney classic, "Sleeping Beauty." Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Live Music

Gunn and Paly jazz bands with Aaron Lington
Gunn High School Big Band will hold its 38th annual Jazz Guest Artist Concert in which Aaron Lington, a Grammy Award-winning baritone saxophonist and composer, will perform with the Gunn and Paly jazz bands. The doors will open at 7 p.m. Jan. 30, 7:30-9 p.m. $5 student; $10 adult. Spangenberg Theater, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'Story/Time'
Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform a unique show called "Story/Time," in which Jones narrates as the dancers perform 70 one-minute vignettes. Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. $30-$75. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

Lectures & Talks

An Evening of Poetry and Prose
Peninsula Literary will hold a reading at Gallery House, featuring authors Kristi Moos and Kevin Sharp and welcoming guest readers Paul Carroll, Mary-Marcia Casoly, Sibel Sayiner and Preeva Tramiel. Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m. $10 donation. Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

CNPS Member's Night and General Meeting
During this special California Native Plant Society meeting, members will be encouraged to share interesting or beautiful pictures of native plant species taken during 2014. Jan. 30, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Volunteers

Environmental Volunteers training
Environmental Volunteers will offer its next training series called Explorations in Ecology, through which community members can learn to share science and nature with kids through hands-on activities. See the website for more details. Fridays, Jan. 23-March 6, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $75 (scholarships available). Environmental Volunteers, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Math Olympiad classes
Menlo Park will offer small Math Olympiad classes, designed to foster a love of math and build analytical skills, for ages 7 to 8 and 9 to 11. Fridays, Jan. 23-March 13, 4-5 p.m. (ages 7-8), 5:15-6:15 p.m. (ages 9-11). $224 resident; $301 non-resident; plus $15 materials fee. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Art Squared'
Viewpoints Gallery will hold an all-gallery group show in January called "Art Squared," featuring the work of 15 local artists in oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media and ceramics. Jan. 8-30, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Concerts

Stanford Symphony Orchestra concerts
In collaboration with Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley and CCRMA, Stanford Symphony Orchestra will give two performances of Holst's "The Planets" and Sarah Weaver's "Universal Synchrony Music, Volume 3." Conducted by Jindong Cai, the performances are part of a year-long Imagining the Universe Project at Stanford. Jan. 30 and 31, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10-$20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

Art Galleries

'Treasures Revealed'
The Portola Art Gallery will host "Treasures Revealed," a joint exhibit of work by Shaowei Liu and Yvonne Newhouse with watercolor paintings of brief, precious moments in life. Monday-Saturday, Jan. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

On Stage

'The Libation Bearers'
Dragon Productions Theatre Company will stage the Greek tragedy by Aeschylus "The Libation Bearers," in which siblings Orestes and Electra seek vengeance for their father Agamemnon's death at the hands of their mother, Clytemnestra. Jan. 15-Feb. 1, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $22. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Eurydice'
The Palo Alto Players will put on a production directed by Jeffrey Lo of the play "Eurydice," a contemporary re-imagining of the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus that explores themes of memory, love and loss. The play is recommended for viewers ages 12 and older. Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $31-$45. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Here & There'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display a solo exhibit called "Here & There" of watercolor paintings by Suej McCall, inspired by the local artist's travels. Jan. 2-Feb. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
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.
 

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Benefits/Fundraisers

The Beginner's School fundraiser
The Beginner's School, a free online art school founded by Phil Shemanski of Los Altos, is holding an online fundraising campaign with the goal of adding a sculpture course to its offerings. Visit the website for more info. Through Feb. 5. Donations requested. , , Los Altos.

On Stage

'Yeomen of the Guard'
The Stanford Savoyards -- composed of actors and musicians from Stanford University, local high schools and the community -- will perform Gilbert & Sullivan's "Yeomen of the Guard," an opera set in the Tower of London. Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 7, 8 p.m.; Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 8, 2 p.m. $20 general; $15 senior; $10 student. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

On Stage

'Junie B. Jones, The Musical'
Palo Alto Children's Theatre will stage a production of "Junie B. Jones, The Musical," which follows the adventures of the titular character in first grade. Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 22-Feb. 8, see website for specific dates and times. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Main Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'2 Pianos 4 Hands'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "2 Pianos 4 Hands," a comic coming-of-age story about two piano students who fall just short of stardom. Featured music ranges from Bach and Beethoven to Scott Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis. See website for specific times, dates and pricing. Jan. 14-Feb. 8. $19-$74; discounts available for educators, seniors, those age 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Movements for Change'
The Peterson Gallery at Stanford will mount an exhibit of photography by Bob Fitch called "Movements for Change," which captures moments in American civil rights history, farm workers organizing and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibit is accessible daily, except for some holidays. Nov. 20-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

On Stage

'Maple and Vine'
For its latest production, the Los Altos Stage Company will perform "Maple and Vine," a play by Jordan Harrison about a couple who leave their 21st-century lives behind to join a community of 1950s re-enactors. See the website for specific dates. Jan. 29-Feb. 22, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Betrayal'
The Pear Avenue Theatre's latest production is "Betrayal," a play by Harold Pinter and directed by Ray Renati that explores the complexity of relationships through a seven-year affair. Jan. 29-Feb. 22, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25/$20 Thursday, Sunday; $30/$25 Friday, Saturday; $10 Jan. 29 preview. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller'
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College will host an exhibit called "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which shares images by the Havana-based photographer which capture Cuba, its people and their struggles in the post-revolution era. Jan. 21-March 11, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Museum of American Heritage: A to Z'
The exhibit, "Museum of American Heritage: A to Z," will show off the breadth and depth of the museum's collection of electrical and mechanical inventions -- including some objects rarely shown to the public. Oct. 10-March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Loose in Some Real Tropics'
The Cantor Arts Center will have an exhibit on display called "'Loose in Some Real Tropics': Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon' Project, 1969-1970," which shares and documents Rauschenberg's lithographs, drawings, photographs and correspondence from his participation in the NASA Art Program capturing the Apollo 11 mission. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 24-March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes, held three times per week, lead participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, year-round, 9-10 a.m. $36/month; $5/class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Anishnaabe artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Sensual Splendor'
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Family and Kids

Art 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/Workshops

Joyful 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, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.

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, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, 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.
 

Dance

Social ballroom dancing
Friday Night Dancers organizes ballroom dancing events each Friday and Saturday evening. Each event starts with a lesson, which is followed by general dancing. No experience or partner is necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Friday and Saturday, year-round, 8-11:45 p.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Labyrinth in Memorial Church
This weekly event at Stanford's Memorial Church will seek to help participants find balance and peace in their life through walking in circles. Thursdays, Jan. 23-Dec. 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Live Music

Jerry Hannan at Cafe Zoe
Singer-songwriter Jerry Hannan will play a set of original music at Cafe Zoe as part of Earthwise Productions of Palo Alto's 20th anniversary series. Hannan's song "Society" was featured in Sean Penn's film "Into the Wild." Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m. $10. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park.