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Arts & Entertainment - June 15, 2011

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Special Events

Concert in the park. As part of the city of Menlo Park's summer concert series, The Groove Kings will play classic rock covers. Audience members often bring picnics and blankets. June 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. menlopark.org

Chef Yan Can Cook Presentation Chef Martin Yan discusses Asian cuisines and the cultures that created them. June 22, 3:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

On Stage

'Comedy for People Who Read' Will Durst and friends lead an evening of comedy. June 25, 8-10 p.m. $20 (general admission). Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-330-2200. www.ticketweb.com

'[title of show]' TheatreWorks presents the new musical "[title of show]" written by a pair of undiscovered writers about a pair of undiscovered writers writing a new musical. Through June 26, with evening and matinee performances. $24 (for students)-$42. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.theatreworks.org

'Tongue of a Bird' This Ellen McLaughlin play centers on Maxine, a search-and-rescue pilot on a mission to find a missing girl in the Adirondacks. Through June 19, Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. $16-$25. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-2006. www.dragonproductions.net

Talks/Authors

Ann Patchett discusses her new novel, "State of Wonder." June 15, 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

Aryae Coopersmith discusses his new memoir, "Holy Beggars: A Journey from Haight Street to Jerusalem." June 23, 7 p.m. Admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Daniel Orozco discusses his new book of short stories: "Orientation and Other Stories." June 21, 7 p.m. Admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan discuss their new novel, "Spoiled," June 17, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Nafisa Haji discusses her new novel, "The Sweetness of Tears." June 20, 7 p.m. Admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

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

Artist Reception A reception honoring local artist Eric Shapira, currently exhibiting at Little House, June 15, 5-7 p.m. Free. Peninsula Volunteers Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 231. www.penvol.org

Portola Art Gallery presents a joint show in June by two of its newer gallery artists: Jared Sines, "Expressive Realism" and Nancy Stevenson's "Echoes from Life." Through June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. Portolaartgallery.com

Classes/Workshops

'Computer Security' This class focuses on learning how to avoid computers viruses and scams. Previous computer basics and word processing or the equivalent suggested. June 25, 11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

'Networking for Lifetime Career Success' In this SDForum session, Next Step CEO Jennifer Vessels provides tips for successful networking. June 28, 7:30-10 a.m. $25 for members, $35 for non-members, $0 for Platinum members. White and Lee LLP, 541 Jefferson Ave # 100, Redwood City. Call 408-414-5964.

Backyard Chickens Learn how to raise happy hens, including a hen house and yard set-up, nesting boxes. June 18, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $38. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072.

Inca Weaving Workshop Ancient Andean weaving traditions that are still used today are the focus of this program presented by the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. Participants will weave their own armbands with multicolored yarn or create a woven paper pouch. Ages 6 and up. Sign-up required. June 21, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Community Events

'Take A Hike, San Mateo County' Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson and county park rangers will provide information on Edgewood Park and it's endangered plant species. Meet at the new Bill and Jean Lane Education at the main entrance. June 18, 9 a.m. Free. Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve, 2598 Edgewood Road, Redwood City. Call 650-599-1009. SMCoParks.org/TakeAHike

Concours d'Elegance Preview: 'The Drive' This drive to the coast kicks off the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance weekend; "The Drive" is a prelude to Sunday's main Concours event on June 26. Net proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association. June 25, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $85 per person, including lunch; $35 per person for lunch only. Stanford University, 360 Oak Road, Stanford. Call 650-813-1100.

Concerts

Hidden Villa's Midsummer Concert Livewire Dance Band performs family-friendly, high-energy music. Farm-fresh salads and sandwiches for sale. Parking at Foothill College. Advance Registration Required. June 18, 5:30-8 p.m. $10 per car. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-9704. www.hiddenvilla.org

Tempest Tempest performs Celtic rock June 17, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Dance

'Kaleidoscope 2011' Dance Expressions of Menlo Park is holding its 2nd annual end-of-the-year performance. The show will feature dancers ranging in age from 4 years to adult. Jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and Bollywood numbers. June 18, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15 . Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, Menlo Park.

Dancing on the Square - Swing / Lindy Hop Featuring free mini-lessons and open social dancing for all ages and levels, no experience needed and no partner required. June 21, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Kids & Families

'Introduction to Irish Dance' Dancers from the Greene Academy of Irish Dance will present a short show and introductory lesson for kids ages 4 and up. June 27, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

'The Flying Skeletons' "The Flying Skeletons" is a Mexican tale set in LA. Audience members will be asked to volunteer, wear a costume and be part of the show. For ages 4 and up. June 16, 4:30-5:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Live Music

African Drumming with Onye Onyemaechi Born in Nigeria, he has played and toured in the United States and Europe, conveying African culture and village values. June 16, 10-11 a.m. Free. Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Redwood Symphony As part of Redwood City's outdoor classical-music series, the Redwood Symphony will perform selections from "West Side Story," "E.T.," "Lord of the Rings" and music by Mozart and Sousa. June 25, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

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Environment

'Future of Clean Tech' Panel and networking event. June 16, 6-8:30 p.m. $5-$20. TechShop, 120 Independence Drive, Menlo Park. Call 415-839-9280.

Peninsula Women's Chorus Auditions The Peninsula Women's Chorus, an ensemble of 50 women performing classical and contemporary music, is holding auditions for experienced singers June 23 by appointment and other days by arrangement. www.pwchorus.org

'Jurassic Park ' Dinosaurs are genetically re-created for the ultimate theme park in this adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel, "Jurassic Park." Screens outdoors June 23, 8:45 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

'Tangled' The Atherton Library hosts family friendly movies the last Friday of each month. This month the film title is "Tangled." Rated PG. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. June 24, 7-8:45 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

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

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