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Arts & Entertainment - November 9, 2011

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Special Events

'Christmas with a Mission Global Gift Fair' Handcrafted textiles, ceramics, jewelry, home and fashion products from developing countries. Nov. 12-13, 9 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-323-8600. www.mppc.org

On Stage

'Stage Door' "Stage Door" is a fast-paced dramatic comedy about a boarding house full of aspiring actresses struggling to make it big on Broadway. Nov. 3-12, Evening and matinees. $12 adults, $8 students/seniors, $4 students on Thursdays. M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-322-5311 ext. 8500.

Talks/Authors

Dr. Dinesh Sharma Cross-cultural psychologist and marketing consultant Dinesh Sharma explores the connections between Obama's early upbringing and his adult views of civil society, secular Islam, and globalization. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card (admits 2). Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Ransom Riggs A horrific family tragedy sends 16-year-old Jacob to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Robert Trivers presents his book on deception. Nov. 16, 7 p.m. General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card (admits 2). Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Scott Wallace discusses his new book about remote South American tribes. Nov. 10, 7 p.m. General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card (admits 2). Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Tony Horwitz discusses his new book on the Harpers Ferry incident. Nov. 11, 7 p.m. General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card (admits 2). Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Concerts

'The Ring Without Words' The Redwood Symphony, with piano soloist Daniel Glover, performs Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" and Wagner/Maazel's "The Ring Without Words." Nov. 19, 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $10 for students, free for those ages 17 and under. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. redwoodsymphony.org

Philharmonia Ottavio Dantone, conductor. Marion Verbruggen, recorder. Works by Corelli, Vivaldi and more. Nov. 17, 8-10 p.m. $90-$25. The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-252-1288. www.philharmonia.org

Kids & Families

Babies & Books Storytime at PV Library Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for the very young. Mondays, 11-11:15 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org/en/content/portola-valley

Concert For Kids Nancy Cassidy performs a family-friendly singalong concert Nov. 14, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Story Time with Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers reads "Stuck." Nov. 17, 6 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Et Alia

'Freedom's Fury' This documentary tells the story of the young star of the Hungarian Olympic water polo team, Ervin Zador, who finds himself the unwitting focal point of one of the most politicized sports matches ever played, popularly known as the Blood in the Water match. Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. Advance: $12; door: $16. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Birds of Bedwell Park See and learn about the resident and wintering birds at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Birders will bring scope, binoculars, and books to show close-up views of different birds of water and land. Meet along the entrance road. Nov. 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-7841. www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org/

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