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Arts & Entertainment - July 27, 2011

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Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Cartel perform dance-friendly music July 27, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200.

A Touch of Class Band (a singing group that performs R&B/funk, oldies and standards) performs as part of the Summer Concert Series 2011 Aug. 3, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200.

On Stage

'Twelfth Night' Audiences hike through the redwoods and watch Shakespeare's comedy, "Twelfth Night." Through Sept. 4, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. $20-25. Theatre in the Woods, 2170 Bear Gulch Road (West), Woodside. www.atmostheatre.com

'A Streetcar Named Desire' This play won Tennessee Williams a Pulitzer Prize for drama. July 29-Aug. 21, 8 p.m. $30 - $16. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-2006.

'Oedipus' Memory Play continues with Seneca's "Oedipus" from July 28-Aug. 14, 8 p.m. $15-$25. Nitery Theater, Old Union, Stanford University, 514 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-725-5838. sst.stanford.edu

Talks/Authors

'An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine' Author and doctor Howard Markel discusses the decades-long cocaine use of Sigmund Freud and William Halsted. July 27, 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

George R.R. Martin has earned acclaim for his cycle of epic fantasy. He will present the fifth book in the series July 27, 7 p.m. $42. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-324-4321.

Cafe Scientifique "Excellence Is No Accident: Techniques to Enhance Successful Performance" with Glenn Brassington, Ph. D., adjunct clinical assistant professor at the Prevention Research Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. July 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto.

Catherine Athans discusses and signs her book "Make Your Dreams Come True Now! How to Manifest Your Wishes, Dreams and Desires." July 28, 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

'The Art of the Book in California' Five presses, selected by curator and printer Peter Koch, exemplify the book arts in California today. Through Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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

'Sweet Paint and City Art' features new paintings by Riki R Nelson. Through Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art and Frame, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-2200.

Classes/Workshops

'Landscaping With Edibles' Learn about landscape herbs, climbers, ground covers and edibles. July 30, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $43. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072.

Free Financial Coaching One-on-one financial consultations available to help build financial independence. Tuesdays, through Nov. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. smcl.org

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

Concerts

Music@Menlo: 'Veiled Symphonies' A program of Bach, Schumann, Vivaldi and Brahms. July 29, 8 p.m. $35 to $72. Stent Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-331-0202.

Music@Menlo: 'Veiled Symphonies' A program of Bach, Schumann, Vivaldi and Brahms. July 30, 8 p.m. $20 to $65. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-331-0202.

Music@Menlo: 'Concert Program IV: Songs of Love' This program surrounds Brahms's Liebeslieder Waltzes with the music of Schubert, Schumann, and Alban Berg. Aug. 2, 8 p.m. $20 to $65. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-331-0202.

Music@Menlo: 'Encounter II: Brahms and the Schumanns' Performer, educator and lecturer Michael Parloff will explore Brahms's complex relationship with Robert and Clara Schumann and the effect it had on his life, career and art. July 28, 7:30 p.m. $20 to $42. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-331-0202.

'Encounter III: When in Roma: Brahms and the Lure of the Gypsies' Composer Bruce Adolphe explores the myriad Gypsy and Hungarian influences in Brahms's music. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. $20 to $42. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-331-0202.

Kids & Families

'Dad and Me Puppet Show' A special performance of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" sponsored by the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County. Dads and all special adults are invited to bring children ages 4 and up. Aug. 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www,smcl.org

Beach Storytime Fergus and Dink find an abandoned surf board in this beach-themed storytime. July 31, 11:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Insects and Spiders The exhibit "Buzzzz" at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo explores the world of insects and spiders. Museum hours: Tue.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.friendsjmz.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. www.smcl.org/en/content/paws-tales-1

Film

'Megamind' The Atherton Library hosts family friendly movies the last Friday of each month. This month the film title is "Megamind." Rated PG. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. July 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. www.smcl.org

Outdoors

Djerassi Program Open House Open House marks the one day of the year that the Djerassi Program's Artists' Barn and private grounds are open to the general public. Attendees are invited to meet the eight current resident artists and walk the landscape. July 31, 1-5 p.m. $30. Djerassi Program SMIP Ranch, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside. Call 650-747-1250. www.djerassi.org

Historic Folger Stable Visitors can view the historically restored Folger Stable and miles of woodland trails. View historic displays and video in the carriage room. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Free. Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-2660.

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Model Railroad Club Open House The West Bay Model Railroad Association holds monthly open houses the fourth Wednesday of every month, and the club is currently seeking new members who are interested in model railroading, regardless of their skill level in the hobby. 7-10 p.m. Free. West Bay Model Railroad Association, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0685. wbmrra.ning.com

Dancing on the Square - Salsa Featuring free mini-lessons and open social dancing for all ages and all levels, no experience needed and no partner required. Aug. 2, 6 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/Dancing.html

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