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Arts & Entertainment - August 3, 2011

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Special Events

Menlo Charity Horse Show More than 500 equestrians competing, in jumping events in three on-going arenas. Food and beverages available on site. On street parking with free shuttle service to the grounds. A Benefit for Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. Aug. 9-14, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. $10 per day, $35 for six-day pass. Menlo Charity Horse Show, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. Call 650-701-=0543.

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. menlopark.org

The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, performs Aug. 10, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200. menlopark.org

On Stage

'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" through Aug. 14, 8 p.m. $15-$25. Nitery Theater, Old Union, Stanford University, 514 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-725-5838. sst.stanford.edu

'Twelfth Night' Audiences hike through the redwoods while watching 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

Comedy Night at the Lodge Joe Nguyen, Kellen Erskine and headliner Jeff Applebaum perform comedy Aug. 6, 8-10 p.m. $12. Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-493-4249. www.paloaltoelks.org

Talks/Authors

'This Is Our Time! The 2010 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants' Local author Chris Heft discusses and signs his new book chronicling the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series victory. Aug. 11, 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/event/chris-haft

'Trends in Green Transportation' Panel will discuss and debate the trends in green transportation, the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors. Aug. 3, 6-8:30 p.m. SVForum members $20, nonmembers $35. Orrick, 1100 Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Call 408-414-5950. www.svforum.org

Art Galleries

'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.

'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.

Pacific Art League's August Opening & Reception "Figures & Faces" (Main Gallery and Corridor Gallery). Kenneth Brenner and Martha Safra (Norton Gallery). Aug. 5, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. www.pacificartleague.org

Classes/Workshops

First Aid/Adult CPR/AED Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $90. American Red Cross Silicon Valley, 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto. www.siliconvalley-redcross.org

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

Clubs/Meetings

Atherton Book Club 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. www.smcl.org/en/node/3696

Blackberry 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

'Carte Blanche Concert III: David Shifrin, clarinet' David Shifrin's Music@Menlo debut performance includes Brahms's First Clarinet Sonata and clarinet trios by Brahms and Max Bruch, with pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel. Aug. 9, 8 p.m. $20 to $65. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-331-0202. www.musicatmenlo.org/festival/11-tickets

'Carte Blanche Concert IV' Pianist Menahem Pressler returns to the festival with a collaborative program featuring pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist David Finckel performing works by Dvorak, Schumann, Chopin, and Debussy. Aug. 10, 8 p.m. $20 to $65. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-331-0202.

'Concert Program V: Alla Zingarese' This program focuses on Brahms's interest in popular music of all kinds. Aug. 6, 8 p.m. $20 to $65. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-331-0202.

'Concert Program V: Alla Zingarese' Brahms's lifelong fascination with popular music of all kinds is the focus of this program. Aug. 5, 8 p.m. $35 to $72. Stent Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-331-0202. www.musicatmenlo.org/festival/11-tickets

'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.

'Encounter IV: Music in Autumn: The Late Works of Brahms' Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School, explores a number of Brahms's late piano and chamber works and examines the question of Brahms's legacy. Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. $20 to $42. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-331-0202.

Post-Concert Dinner with the Artists Participants can join Music@Menlo festival artists for a prix-fixe dinner following Concert Program V. Aug. 6, 10:30 p.m. $35 per person. Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-331-0202. www.musicatmenlo.org/festival/11-tickets

Kids & Families

'Once Upon A Mattress' Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, this musical spins the tale of a medieval kingdom's search for a proper princess to marry the hapless Prince Dauntless the Drab. Aug. 3-13, 6:30 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 610-291-1435.

Dog Storytime Wiener Dog's adventures will be featured in this canine-themed storytime for kids. Aug. 7, 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

Summer Reading Carnival The end of the Summer Reading Club will be celebrated with a carnival featuring a bounce house, face painting, games and a performance by magician Brian Scott. All ages. Aug. 12, 1-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Et Alia

Dancing on the Square - Samba Samba, instructed by Imperial Ballroom. Featuring free mini-lessons and open social dancing for all ages and all levels, no experience needed and no partner required. Aug. 9, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/Dancing.html

Invasive Weeds Volunteers are needed to pull invasive weeds in order to protect and restore wetlands. Aug. 6, 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Directions will be given upon RSVP. Call 510-452-9261 ext. 109. www.savesfbay.org/volunteer

Film: 'E.T. The Extra Terrestrial' Aug. 11, 8:15 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-780-7340.

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.

Live Music

Caravanserai, a Santana tribute band, performs Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

The Joe Cohen Show In addition to playing the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, Joe plays piano, flute and clarinet. Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m. Free. Jazz on Main (Stage at Main and Broadway), 2202 Broadway, Redwood City.

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