Community - September 28, 2011

Around Town

Rodin by Moonlight

"Rodin by Moonlight," the biennial fundraiser for the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, will be held Oct. 1 at the center.

The gala, which has been named the "best black-tie event in the Bay Area," is limited to 400 guests. It begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails in the museum, including a preview of the exhibition, "Rodin and America: Influence and Adaptation 1876-1936," followed by dining in the Rodin sculpture garden.

The dinner will be created by Chef Mark Sullivan of Spruce restaurant, working with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. The evening will continue with dancing to David Martin's House Party.

Charlene Cogan and Lisa Mooring are chairmen of the event. Honorary chairs are Shirley and Duncan Matteson and Melissa and Jim Badger. The Koret Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

Guests in past years have included Nobel Laureate Paul Berg, former Secretary of State George Shultz, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo.

Tickets to 'Rodin by Moonlight" are $1,000 and $1,500. Cantor Art Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Visit or call 736-1667 for more information.

Fine Arts in Portola Valley

A gallery show featuring nine Portola Valley artists will be on display at the Kriewall-Haehl Gallery at the Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, in Portola Valley from Oct. 3 to Nov. 5, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Cultural Arts Committee of Portola Valley is sponsoring the inaugural gallery show with an artists' reception to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Hors d'oeuvres and wine from the Thomas Fogarty Winery and Portola Valley Vineyards will be served. The public is invited to attend.

Portola Valley musicians Angela Schillace and Kari Rust will provide music for the afternoon.

The Portola Valley artists include: Foster Beigler, wall sculptures; Brigitte Carnochan, photography; Deirdre Clark, paintings; Nina Else, ceramic sculptures; Kalani Engles, paintings; Candace Gaudiani, photography; Bonny Novetsky, acrylic prints; Adele Seltzer, monotypes; and Roger White Stoller, sculptures.

Taylor Eigsti concert in Los Altos Hills

Jazz pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti, who grew up in Menlo Park and graduated from the Woodside Priory, is flying out from New York to present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct 2, in the vineyard at the home of John and Lydia Vidovich, 12260 Kate Drive in Los Altos Hills.

The concert is a benefit for Listen for Life, an organization of music teachers, performers, producers and listeners working to change the world through music, according to founder Donna Stoering, a concert pianist who also will perform. Suggested donation is a minimum of $75 per person; the event includes a wine reception, which begins at 3 p.m.

The Oct. 2 concert will also include performances by Vanessa Van Anh Vo, Patrick Landeza, and Ricky Garcia.

For reservations, call 510-540-8136, or email

Italian table etiquette talk at Beltramo's

How to dine properly with Italians will be the topic of a talk by Valentina Cirasola at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Beltramo's Wines and Spirits in Menlo Park.

Ms. Cirasola, the owner of Valentina Interiors & Designs in Sunnyvale and a native of Italy, will explain what is acceptable and what is not while sitting at the Italian table. Her talk will be followed by a tasting of wines from Italy and light treats from La Biscotteria in Redwood City. The wine tasting fee is $30 per person.

Ms. Cirasola, who founded Valentina Interiors & Design in 1990, previously owned Atelier Valentina, a fashion company in Italy.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling 325-2806.

Library program features speaker David Laws

"Silicon Valley Roots & Shoots," an insider's travel guide phone application to the companies, people and products of the area, will be the subject of a lecture by David Laws at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Menlo Park City Council chambers, 701 Laurel St., in Menlo Park.

Mr. Laws, semiconductor curator of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View and a former Portola Valley resident, created the iPhone/iPad travel guide in 2010. It provides a guide to over 125 locations and resources in the southern San Francisco Bay Area, including the birthplaces of the computer chip, disk drive, video games and video recorder. Each location includes descriptions, maps and links to additional information.

The program, presented by the Menlo Park Library, is free and open to the public. There is free van service for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 to schedule transportation.


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