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Arts & Entertainment - February 19, 2014

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Galway, Ireland Library Display about the new relationship the city of Menlo Park has with its "friendship city," Galway, Ireland. Located at the entrance to the library in a glass-enclosed case, the display covers more than 150 years of history and will be up until Feb. 28. During library hours. Free. Menlo Park Public Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-208-4530.

Eth-Noh-Tec Kinetic Story Theater will perform stories from across Asia through music, dance, rhythmic dialogue and spoken word. March 1, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. www.menloparklibrary.org

Community Events

Woodside Parent Education Series Kelly McGonigal speaks on "Why Willpower Matters," Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Woodside High School MUR, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. Call 650-868-0590. kellymcgonigal2014woodside.eventbrite.com

Portola Valley Farmers' Market Thursdays, year-round. 2-5 p.m. 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.portolavalleyfarmersmarket.com

Repair Cafe Bring broken household items to the Repair Cafe and work with Repair volunteers to keep favorite things working and out of the landfill. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1104. www.repaircafe-paloalto.org/

On Stage

'Seussical the Musical' Menlo-Atherton High School will perform "Seussical the Musical," based on Dr. Seuss books like the "Cat in the Hat." Feb. 28 and March 1, 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m. $12 for adults; $8 for students/children/seniors. M-A High Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-515-2892. www.thecenteratma.org

Talks & Authors

'Treasure in Heaven: The Implications of an Image' Historian Peter Brown explores wider implications for churches of well-known sayings of Christ that his followers should place "treasure in heaven" by giving to the poor. Host: Stanford Center for Ethics In Society. March 3, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Stanford University - Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford. Call 650-736-2629.

Alan Weisman in conversation with Paul Ehrlich Alan Weisman, journalist and author of "The World Without Us" and "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth," will be in conversation with Paul Ehrlich, population studies and biology professor at Stanford and a fellow of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/alan-weisman-conversation-paul-r-ehrlich

Book club: Philip Roth's 'The Ghost Writer' Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman will join Tobias Wolff to discuss Roth's 1979 classic, "The Ghost Writer." The event is part of the "Another Look" book club, which focuses on short pieces that have been forgotten, neglected or overlooked. Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center - Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St. , Stanford. www.anotherlook.stanford.edu/

Funding, Exits and IPOs: BABC Venture Capital Forecast for 2014 Leading VCs — Bill Reichert, Mitchell Kertzman, Gaurav Tewari and Richard Waters — from Silicon Valley will forecast the year ahead. Feb. 25, 5:30-8 p.m. $45 BABC members / $55 general public / $65 at-the-door Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 415-296-8645. babc.chambermaster.com/Events/details/funding-exits-and-ipos-silicon-valley-s-best-make-their-predictions-and-bets-361

Georgia O'Keeffe Docent lecture examines body of work created by Georgia O'Keeffe in her prolific years at Lake George, in conjunction with the de Young Museum's exhibition on display until May 11. Feb. 20, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Rd, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Megan McArdle discusses her new book, "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success." Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Natalie Baszile in conversation with author Lalita Tademy about Baszile's new book, "Queen Sugar," about an African-American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugar cane farm in Louisiana. Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Concerts

Music and Dance from Tibet The 30-member Tibetan Opera, Dance, and Music Troupe of Qinghai performs for the first time in the U.S. Part of the 10th annual Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival. Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. $20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. www.panasianmusicfestival.stanford.edu

Verdi's 'Requiem' Jindong Cai conducts the Stanford Symphony in collaboration with the Symphonic Chorus for a performance of Verdi's "Requiem." Joining the orchestra and chorus are four soloists from the Mongolian National Opera, in residence as part of the 10th annual Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival. March 2, 2:30 p.m. $20. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html

Kids & Families

'Kids Love Science' Kepler's Youth Event At this science-focused youth book event, hear from Eric Elfman and Neal Shusterman, authors of "Tesla's Attic" and Steve Hockensmith of "Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab." March 1, 3 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/youth-event-eric-elfman-neal-shusterman-and-steve-hockensmith-kids-love-science

Babies and Books Storytime Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for the infants ages birth to 18 months. There will be no storytimes on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 because of holiday closures. Jan. 6-Feb. 24, Mondays, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Paws for Tales Kids Program Atherton Library hosts a program in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA where children ages 5 and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog, with the goal of improving reading skills and building confidence. Time slots are available the fourth Saturday of each month through June. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Toddler Storytime at PV Library Songs, stories, and movement activities are included in toddler storytime (for ages 18 months to 3 years). A craft activity will follow storytime on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Jan. 7-Feb. 25, Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Et alia

Sheryl Sandberg is keynote speaker at Girls' Middle School Annual Scholarship Breakfast. March 7, 7:45-9:30 a.m. $125 ($85 of each ticket is tax-deductible). Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-681-3307. www.girlsms.org/breakfast

Non-Fiction Book Club Join discussion of "God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital and A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine" by Victoria Sweet. Drop-ins welcome. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Redwood Symphony: 'Brahms's First' Redwood Symphony will open 2014 with Brahms's "First Symphony." Also on the program will be Ligeti's "Concert Romanesc" and Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto" with Jassen Todorov as soloist. Feb. 22, 8-10 p.m. $10-30. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. www.redwoodsymphony.org

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