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Arts & Entertainment - April 27, 2011

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Special Events

SMCGS Genealogy Seminar Finding and using free online genealogy resources. Learn how to navigate the "Deep Web." April 30, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. $38. Menlo Park LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-306-3423. www.sncgs.irg

On Stage

'25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ' Menlo School presents this musical on overachievers, nerdy neuroses, mayhem, audience participation, and some actual spelling. It's an outdoor show so dress warmly, pack a picnic, bring lawn chairs and blankets. Shows May 5, 8, 13 and 15, 8 p.m. $7/student; $10/adult. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

'Camping with Henry and Tom' In 1921 Warren G. Harding, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison get marooned in the Maryland woods in this Mark St. Germain play. April 7-30, 8 p.m. $24-32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-0551. www.busbarn.org

Talks/Authors

Pulp Fashion Docent at Portola Valley Library A lecture and slideshow on Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave's body of work, recreating life-size historical costumes from paper. This exhibit is currently at the Legion of Honor Museum in SF. May 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

'A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood' Following Lisa Catherine Harper's first pregnancy from conception to her daughter's first word. April 28, 7 p.m. Admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Steven Levy discusses "In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives," his book that takes readers inside Google headquarters. May 11, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc - Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. www.booksinc.net

John Flanagan presents the final book in his Ranger's Apprentice series. April 30, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Mary Gordon's 'The Love of My Youth' A novel about first lovers meeting again after more than 30 years. April 29, 7 p.m. Admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Art Galleries

'In a New York Minute' This exhibition includes 55 photographs by Helen Levitt. Through May 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

'Old Trucks' Portola Art Gallery presents "Old Trucks," paintings of old trucks in rural landscapes by former Menlo Park firefighter Jerome P. Peters. Through April, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-0692. www.jppetersart.com

'Spring in Bloom' Atherton artist Gloriamari Prado presents a collection of her floral oil paintings and watercolors plus limited-edition prints. Exhibit runs through May 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park,. Call 650-322-2200.

Jim Caldwell shows his paintings, "Sierra Splendor: Celebrating Our Natural World," featuring painted interpretations of Half Dome from every angle: Vernal Falls, Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Through April 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Woodside Gallery, 3056 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-529-1988.

Community Events

'Stanford GSB Open for Business' The Stanford Graduate School of Business invites the community to celebrate the completion of its new home. Knight Management Center Open House features food samples, music, debate and more. April 29, 2-5 p.m. Free. Knight Management Center, Stanford, Serra Street at Campus Drive Loop, Stanford.

Peninsula Rose Society will hold its 54th annual Rose Show on Sun., May 1. May 1, 1-5 p.m. Free. Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.

Concerts

Chamber ensemble comprising four of Music@Menlo's chamber musicians perform two works of the piano-quartet literature. Sun, May 8, 4 p.m. $50/$45 adult; $25/$20 student. Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, Atherton.

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Concert David Ramadanoff presents MSCO's final spring concert, an all-Beethoven event. April 30, 8 p.m. Tickets $5-20. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www. mastersinfonia.org

Kids & Families

'Magic Tree House Live' Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series comes to life in this live character tour. April 27, 6:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2530. menloparklibrary.org

Concert For Kids Award-winning children's musician Pam Donkin will present an interactive concert for children ages 4 and up. May 9, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Paper-making Workshop Guided by a docent from the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, children ages 4 and up make paper in this 90-minute workshop. April 29, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Paws for Tales Children can improve their reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog. The Humane Society requires a signed release form for each time a child reads. Sign up in advance. Fourth Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Film

'Despicable Me' The Atherton Library hosts family-friendly movies the last Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. April 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

'Something's Gonna Live' Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim captures the late-life coming together of six classic Hollywood cinema artists in "Something's Gonna Live." May 7, 7 p.m. Free, but reservations required. M-A High School Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-330-2512.

Windrider Film Forum, which features screenings of independent films, returns to the area April 28 to 30. Check website for film program. 7-11 p.m. $5 students; $15 general admission; Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. windriderbayarea.org

Live Music

Play for Japan USA presents a benefit concert featuring Anne Akiko Meyers, concert violinist. Proceeds benefit Japan disaster-relief efforts. April 29, 8-9 p.m. $35 and up. Woodside Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.

Battle of the Bands Handy Entertainment presents four competing bands. April 30, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $10/$5 with college ID. British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. twitter.com/entertain123

Et Alia

Heirloom Seedling Sale Support nonprofit Collective Roots' gardening programs by purchasing heirloom vegetable seedlings. May 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bianchinis Market, 3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-324-2769. collectiveroots.org

Kid-Friendly Water-Wise Gardening Learn how to create a water-efficient space for outdoor learning and play. May 5, 7-9 p.m. Free; registration required. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700 ext. 222.

Benefit: 'Spring Sounds Gala' This evening of live entertainment, food and wine, and live and silent auctions will benefit Adolescent Counseling Services' free and affordable mental health services for at-risk teens and their families in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. May 14, 6-11 p.m. $160-$200 per individual ticket. Pacific Athletic Club, 200 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City. Call 650-424-0852. www.springsoundsevent.org

'Language Lover's Meetup' A group of multi-lingual and multi-lingual-curious people will meet to chat in different languages May 6, 6-9 p.m. Free. Oak City Bar & Grill, Menlo Park. Call 415-738-7383.

'Cabinet of Curiosities' A silicon crystal, a 3,000 year old cuneiform tablet and an 18th century slide rule are amongst the items on display in MOAH's exhibit, "Cabinet of Curiosities." Through May 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org

eBay Learn about the online auction site. May 7, 9:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

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