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Arts & Entertainment - May 25, 2011

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Menlo Polo Club holds U.S. Polo Association-sanctioned Ladies Tournament. Limited bleacher seating; spectators encouraged to bring chairs. May 28, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $10. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. Call 408-718-7855. menlopoloclub.com

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

'World in Solidarity' Documentary film about Polish Solidarity movement with discussion following on Egyptian democracy movement. May 25, 7-9 p.m. $5-$10. M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. 325-4663.

Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend with cooking demos, home and garden ideas.. June 4 and 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $16; $12 seniors; kids under 12, free. Sunset Headquarters, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park. sunset.com/cw

Nativity Carnival Carnival rides, game booths, food court, beverages, silent auction, benefiting Nativity School. June 10-12, 5-11 p.m. Free. 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park.

On Stage

Silicon Valley Symphony 14-year-old violinist Stephen Waarts performs Violin Concerto in E Minor by Mendelssohn with Silicon Valley Symphony. June 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-$20; free for children 12 and under. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 415-287-6002.

TheatreWorks presents new musical "[title of show]" written by two undiscovered writers about two undiscovered writers writing a new musical. June 1-26. $24 (for students)/$42. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Peninsula Youth Theatre holds auditions for summer production of "Bye Bye Birdie" at Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. May 28 and 29, 2 p.m. $315. Peninsula Youth Theatre, 2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Call 903-6000. pytnet.org

Beginning Improv Workshop for non-actors uses theatrical improv techniques in a small-group atmosphere. Tuesdays, May 31-July 12, 7-9 p.m. $245 for 7 sessions. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 493-2006.

Talks/Authors

(All Keper's events: Members admitted free. General admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card.)

Adam Hochschild discusses his World War I book, "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion." May 25, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Chris Adrian discusses his novel, "The Great Night," a retelling of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." June 1, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Emma Donoghue discusses her novel, "Room," about a mother who keeps her son inside one room. June 2, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Melissa Marr discusses her novel, "Graveminder," a story about the living, the dead and a curse that binds them. June 3, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Exploring Asian Culture' Exhibit by two western artists, Irene Carvajal, mixed media, and David Scouffas, photography. Through May 29. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City. Call 654-2766.

Portola Art Gallery presents "Flora and Fauna," watercolors by Barbara von Haunalter 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 321-0220.

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