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Arts & Entertainment - May 18, 2011

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Special Events

'Flight Night' Live electrically powered model planes in flight, and air-show exhibits. May 19, 6-10 p.m. Portola Valley's Nature & Science Presents, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

'An Antarctic Life, Climate Change' Woodside resident Rob Flint will show photos of his 10 expeditions to Antarctica including three winters. He will describe evidence showing that the North and South Poles are the climate's "Canaries in the Coal Mine." Light refreshments served. May 23, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Guild Hall, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-7883.

'World in Solidarity' A documentary film about the Polish Solidarity movement, will be screened with a discussion following. The film's director, Jolanta Kessler Chojecka, and San Francisco State University professor Dr. Dina Ibrahim will discuss the current Egyptian democracy movement. May 25, 7-9 p.m. $10 for adults; $5 for students. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-325-4663.

On Stage

'Betrayed,' based on George Packer's interviews, tells the story of three young Iraqis motivated to risk everything by America's promise of freedom. May 20, 8-10:30 p.m. Free. Annenberg Auditorium, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University. Call 650-723-0997.

'Major Barbara' Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Amy Freed and Ph.D. candidate Ciara Murphy direct G.B. Shaw's ironic comedy "Major Barbara." A 1906 Salvation Army major's ideals come into question when her estranged father, a wealthy ammunitions manufacturer, becomes a benefactor of her shelter. May 22, 2 p.m. $5-$15. Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford. Call 650-725-ARTS. drama.stanford.edu

Talks/Authors

Dr. Walter Bortz Dr. Walter Bortz, professor at Stanford, scientific expert on aging and longevity, will talk about his latest book "The Next Medicine: the science and civics of health." May 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

'America and The Pill' Historian Elaine Tyler May explores how science, culture and politics interacted to shape a significant chapter in American history. May 19, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. The Terrace Room, 450 Serra Mall, Building 460, Fourth Floor, Stanford. Call 650-723-3413.

'Caring For Your Aging Loved Ones' This panel discussion covers local resources that help older adults age with dignity. Topics include aging in place and transitioning to a new home. May 19, 7-9:30 p.m. $12 general; $8 for JCC members. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Room G-100, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-223-8605. www.paloaltojcc.org/caring

'He Said What? Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed' Twenty-six women writers share personal moments in which a man in their life said something (good or bad) that changed them irrevocably. May 18, 7 p.m. Members get in free. General 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

'Tolstoy in 1910' Extending arguments raised in his recent book, "The Death of Tolstoy: Russia on the Eve," William Nickell will describe Tolstoy's place in the advent of modern celebrity in Russia, and how Tolstoy expands upon inherited notions of the great author and anticipates the transformation of authority. May 31, noon. Free. RSVP required by May 26. Encina Hall West, Room 208 (2nd floor), Stanford.

Adam Hochschild discusses his new World War I book, "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion." May 25, 7 p.m. Members free. General admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Helen Wang discusses her book, "The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World's Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You." May 26, 7 p.m. Members get in free. General 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

Humanist Community Sunday Forum Brian Davis will discuss the California DISCLOSE Act (A.B. 1148), which would require political ads to clearly and prominently disclose who is really paying for them. May 22, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Palo Alto High School Student Center, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. www.humanists.org

Julie Orringer discusses her novel, "The Invisible Bridge," which takes place in Paris, 1937. May 24, 7 p.m. Members get in free. General admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Steve Earle Musician and writer Steve Earle discusses his new novel, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." May 20, 7 p.m. Members free. General admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Art Galleries

Dr. Seuss Rare Editions Gallery reception for a special exhibition of limited editions of Dr. Seuss art from the private reserve of the publisher. May 28, 5-8 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-2200. www.peabodyfineart.com/

'Exploring Asian Culture' The Main Gallery in Redwood City presents "Offerings: Exploring the Influence of Asian Culture in their Artwork," by two western artists, Irene Carvajal, mixed media, and David Scouffas, photography. Runs through May 29, free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-654-2766. www.themaingallery.org

'Flora and Fauna' The Portola Art Gallery presents "Flora and Fauna," watercolors by Barbara von Haunalter, featuring paintings of trees, flowers, animals and birds in the landscape. Through May 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220.

'Illustrated Title Pages 1500-1900' exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Open through Oct. 16. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

'Caring for Aging Loved Ones' Learn from a panel about local resources available to help older adults age gracefully and with dignity. Workshop topics include "Aging in Place" and "Transitioning to a New Home." May 19, 7-9:30 p.m. $8 OFJCC members, $12 nonmembers. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-223-8605. www.paloaltojcc.org/caring

'World Travel 101' Geared towards college-age and adult travelers who are planning their first trip abroad, this workshop educates participants about how to travel safely and responsibly on a shoestring budget. May 21, 2-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Computer Coaching One-on-one tutoring sessions on computer use are available every Monday. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. www.smcl.org/en/node/2842

Drip Irrigation This hands-on class, held at the Common Ground Demonstration Garden, will discuss installing and maintaining a drip system. May 21, 2-4 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. dripirrigationhandson.eventbrite.com/

Edible Landscaping Rosalind Creasy will discuss edible landscaping May 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

Jazzercise Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Mon.-Tue. at 6 p.m. and Thu. at 5:40 p.m. $47 per month ($42 for Little House members). Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-703-1263.

Menlo Fit Boot Camp Saturday-morning Boot Camp at the new Arrillaga Gym in Menlo Park presented by Menlo Fit. Arrive at 7:15 a.m. to sign in and warm up. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free. The Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, 600 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2232. www.menlofit.com

Red Cross Volunteer Orientation Learn about the volunteer opportunities with the Palo Alto office of the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter by attending a volunteer orientation. May 24, 6-8 p.m. Free. American Red Cross Silicon Valley, 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto. Call 408-577-2083. www.siliconvalley-redcross.org

Skype: Online Video Conferencing Learn how to open a free account, set up equipment and software, make simple conference calls over the Internet, create and maintain a contact list, and use other provided features. May 18, 6 p.m. Free. East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650-321-7712.

Stroke Awareness Lecture and Lunch Learn about the symptoms and signs of a stroke at this luncheon event. May 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-856-9622. www.paloaltofamilyymca.org

Trip Planning 101 for Teens Oriented towards travelers who are high school-age or younger, the workshop includes interactive activities that teach participants how to research and plan trips, pack smart and light, and travel safely and with an open mind. May 18, 6-7 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. www.smcl.org/en/content/trip-planning-101-0

Clubs/Meetings

Atherton Book Club Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a book and share potluck food. Several copies of each book are available for check out. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Blackberry REACT Meetings REACT is an emergency-preparedness meeting for radio operators. Group meets first Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Blackberry REACT Meetings, 1467 Chilco St., Menlo Park. Call 650-336-8227. www.blackberryreact.org

Knitting Group Knitting group meets second and fourth Saturday of each month. Bring own supplies. 2-4 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. www.smcl.org/en/node/522

Concerts

'Be The Change Youth Benefit Concert' A benefit concert with youth dancers, bands, vocalists, classical musicians, volunteers from 12+ schools: Terman, Gunn, Paly, JLS, Jordan, Menlo, Girls Middle School, Castilleja, Saratoga High, Keys, Blach. All proceeds go towards building a school in Sierra Leone through Free the Children. May 21, 3-4:30 p.m. $10/per person suggested. Cultural Art Hall, Palo Alto Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

'From Darkness into Light' The 80 voices of Schola Cantorum present a concert that explores the power of music in survival, remembrance and transformation. Works by Eric Whitacre, Eleanor Daley, Donald McCullough and others, and choruses from the Verdi Requiem. May 21, 8-9:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-254-1700. scholacantorum.org

Classical/Theatre Organ Concert Lew Williams performing works by Vierne, Langlais, Messiaen, Soler, the Beatles, Scott Joplin, Queen and requests. May 22, 4-5:30 p.m. $15. Messiah Lutheran Church, 1835 Valota Road, Redwood City. Call 650-365-6565.

Pomona College Glee Club Concert The 23-member Pomona College Glee Club comes to Stanford Memorial Church to offer a free concert. Selections include pieces by Durufle, Palestrina, Lassus, Mendelssohn, Byrd, Howells, Vaughan Williams and others. May 23, 8 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford.

Stanford Symphony Orchestra A concert presented by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. May 28, 8-10 p.m. General $10; student $5; free for Stanford students with ID; senior $9. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-725-2787. music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html

Kids & Families

'Happily Forever After: This is Not a Fairy Tale' This Christian musical for children, incorporating fantasy elements, will be performed. May 22, 4-5 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. mppc.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.

Storytime with Bethanie Murguia Bethanie Murguia presents "Buglette the Messy Sleeper," a kids' book about a bug who is tidy by day but messy while asleep. May 22, 11:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Unique Derique is a clown known for his blend of Hambone Body Drumming (an African-American body percussion art form), circus skills and modern day physical comedy. May 19, 4:30-5:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Film

'Shrek Forever After' The Atherton Library hosts family friendly movies the last Friday of each month. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. May 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. www.smcl.org

Live Music

'Groovin' in the Grove' From 1-4:30 p.m. the Stanford Band and others will perform. From 6:30-9 p.m. American roots and blues band Jake Jacobs and rock band High 'n Tight, with vintage light show, perform. Tickets at door day of event. Refreshments for sale 12:30-4:30 p.m. Proceeds go toward keeping band classes in local middle schools. May 28, $5-$10 day/$20 evening. Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.

An Evening with George Komsky An evening of classical and pop music with George Komsky. May 21, 8-10 p.m. $25. Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 925-518-7324.

Preston Shannon Preston Shannon plays soul music. May 20, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Reggae Sundays Reggae-themed evenings every Sunday. 8 p.m. to midnight. $10. British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.bbcmenlopark.com

Special Events

'Fit for the Cure' Free bra fitting to benefit breast cancer research. Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen Foundation for each fitting. Wacoal will donate another $2 for each bra purchased. May 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Macy's Stanford, 300 Stanford Mall, Palo Alto. Call 650-326-3333 ext. 4085.

'Is Healthcare Gaming a Game Changer?' A lunch-time panel with Eric Hekler, PhD, Stanford Medical School; Jeff Tangney, Epocrates co-founder and Doximity CEO; and Michael Lu, Product Director for RockYou discussing how online and mobile gaming can help trim the astronomical costs of healthcare in America. May 20, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. Backstage Coworking, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. healthgaming.eventbrite.com/

Sports

Canary Century Ride The Canary Century Ride starts and finishes from the VA Palo Alto on May 28 and offers a century (100 miles), metric century (100 km) and metric half century (50 km). All funds raised will be donated to the Stanford Cancer Center. 6 a.m.-4 p.m. $100 registration fee. VA Palo Alto, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-646-3200. www.canarycentury.com

Et Alia

Tile-Painting Party A tile-painting party benefiting Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Each child's painted tile will be permanently installed in the remodeled Nordstrom store at Stanford Shopping Center. May 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $60/child. Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, 520 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-470-1007. rmhstanford.ejoinme.org/nordstrom

'Fun After Fifty' The Redwood City Fun After Fifty Club is offering ballroom dancing. Live music will be provided by the Fun After Fifty 10-piece band, led by Dennis Berglund. There will be prizes, food and soft drinks as well as free punch, water and coffee. Fridays, 7:30-10 p.m. $5 ($7 for nonmembers). Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-747-0264. rwcfaf.com

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