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Arts & Entertainment - November 14, 2012

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On Stage

'The Real Thing' Henry, a clever playwright who adores tunes by the Monkees, has fallen in love; so now he's a "Believer" but discovers to his dismay that, eloquent as he is, he has no idea " Who Wrote the Book of Love." Thurs.-Sun., Nov 2-18, 8-10 p.m. $10-$30. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-254-1148. www.thepear.org

Menlo School's Wedding of the Year An "environmental, interactive theatre" event created by the cast and crew with improv techniques around the wedding of two culturally clashing families. Celebrate the vows in FloMo Theatre then follow the bagpipes to Menlo's new Creative Art & Design Center for the wedding reception. Nov. 16-17, 7 p.m. $10/ticket includes wedding reception buffet. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-330-2001 ext. 2333. http://www.menloschool.org/

Sequoia High School presents 'Cabaret' Sequoia High School is proud to present the Broadway hit and Tony-Award winning 'Cabaret.' Set in 1929 Germany during the Nazi era when The Kit Kat Klub was a cross-section of Berlin night-life: thronged with the flotsam and jetsam of a doomed city. Nov. 16-18, 7-10 p.m. $10-15. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Call 650.387-9780 x6288.

Special Events

Decorating with Live Poinsettias Please join us at Wegman's Nursery to learn easy, attractive ways to decorate with this classic, live Christmas plant. Decorating instructions, holiday recipes and Poinsettia Care Guides will be available to take home. Nov. 18, Wegman's Nursery, 492 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Call 650-368-5821. www.wegmansnursery.com

Talks/Authors

Author talk: 'Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life' Maria Ross shares how the relentless pace of her life came to a screeching halt when an undetected brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her. Along her road back to health, her resulting cognitive and emotional challenges forced her -- sometimes kicking and screaming -- to reframe her life. Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/maria-ross

Author talk: 'The Big Exit' Author David Carnoy currently lives in New York but grew up in Menlo Park and has written two mystery/thrillers that take place in and around Menlo Park. Carnoy will discuss the research that went into writing "The Big Exit" and the challenges of setting a thriller in Silicon Valley. Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/david-carnoy-0

Understanding Climate-Wildlife Relationships American pikas live in rocky talus and lava-flow across the West. These habitats are cauldrons of climatic harshness. USGS research ecologist Erik Beever explains in this free public lecture how pikas provide a model for assessing species' vulnerability to climate change. Nov. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. US Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5000. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar/

Art Galleries

Barbara von Haunalter: 'Nature's Paintbox' The Portola Art Gallery presents 'Nature's Paintbox,' landscape paintings in watercolor by Barbara von Haunalter. The exhibit features plein air work created in and around the Bay Area. Not open Sunday. Nov. 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com

Clubs/Meetings

Menlo Park Historical Association Everyone is invited to hear the Palo Alto Weekly's publisher, Bill Johnson, speak on the topic "History Endangered: When Newspapers Are Gone, How Will Local History Be Written". The event is free and open to the public. Come early, as parking is limited. Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m. Menlo Park Public Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-208-4530. sites.google.com/site/mphistorical

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. Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m. Free. West Bay Model Railroad Association, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0685. wbmrra.ning.com

Portola Valley Library Non-Fiction Book Club The club will discuss "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and Murder of a President" by Candace Millard, an account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the history of his assassination and legacy. Nov. 15, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

The Menlo Art League November Meeting A watercolor demonstration by Ellen Little. Her work is a study in contrasts, loose and tight, tense and free. Nov. 14, 7:30-9 p.m. Arillaga Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-906-2045. www.menloartleague.net

Community Events

Green$ense for Your Home Based on the new book, "Green$ense for the Home," author Eric Corey Freed shows buildings that save energy, water and resources are not more expensive. Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Free Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700 ext. 216. www.portolavalley.net/index.aspx?page=251

La Entrada Used Book Sale The La Entrada Used Book Fair in the MUR on has thousands of books have been donated and one can find books in all genres ranging from children to adult with everything in between. Nov. 13, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. La Entrada School, 2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park.

Concerts

Bad@ss Bassoonists and Beethoven's Seventh 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Eric Kujawsky conducts Beethoven's 7th Symphony in Mahler's version. Daugherty's Hell's Angels for bassoon quartet, with Infernal Fagotti. 8-10 p.m. $25, $20, $10 students, Free for children. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Call 650-366-6872. www.redwoodsymphony.org

Peninsula Women's Chorus: 'Star of Wonder' Concert 3 "Star of Wonder" features a collection of music from around the world -- from Penderecki to the French Baroque to the U.S. premiere of "Star-Crossed" by Filipino composer Saunder Choi. Dec. 16, 4 p.m. $30 general/$35 premium/$10 18 and under. St. Patrick?s Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. www.pwchorus.org

Silicon Valley Symphony Concert The orchestra will play Brahms "Variations on a Theme by Haydn," Ravel "Le Tombeau de Couperin," favorite arias sung by tenor Christopher Bengochea and Faure "Pavane." Nov. 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20 general, $15 student/senior, children free. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 415-287-6002. www.siliconvalleysymphony.net/

Exhibits

'Playing Grown-Up: Toys from the Harry P. Costa Collection' This exhibition will explore toys from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s that allowed children to mimic the activities of adults. Toys will include an antique pedal fire truck and airplane, Tonka work trucks, and an electric 1929 Lionel Stove & Oven. Feb. 14-Dec. 31, Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adults, $3 seniors/students, free for children 5 & under, free for association members. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-299-0104. www.historysmc.org

Stanford Art Spaces - Stanford University Paintings by Ben Alexy, watercolor, ink, and mixed media by Valerie P. Cohen & paintings by Kyungsoo Lee are on exhibit at the Paul G. Allen Art Spaces on the Stanford University Campus. From July 6 to Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Stanford Art Spaces, 420 Via Palou, Stanford. Call 650-725-3622. http://cis.stanford.edu/~marigros

Family and Kids

'Puppylocks and the Three Bears' Magical Moonshine Theatre presents this family play in which Goldilocks is a little golden dog and the three bears are teddy bears. Recommended for ages 3 and up, but all ages are welcome. Nov. 14, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

'Wild Cat Adventure' Five live wildcats from various countries. Each cat is shown on stage as information about the species is shared with the audience. Nov. 18, 2-3 p.m. $10 general, $5 for kids under 12. Foothill College's Appreciation Hall, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 707-874-3176. www.wildcatfund.org

Atherton Library Preschool Storytime Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories and activities every Monday morning. Through May 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Happy Birds Performing Parrot Show Children ages 4 and up are invited to see some performing parrots. Nov. 19, 4-4:45 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Live Music

Music for the Soul Doris Williams, lute and soprano, performs Renaissance, Celtic, Originals and American Country/pop with Mike Bell, guitar, mandolin, vocals, and Susan Casey, Renaissance Recorders. Italian, French, German and English 16th century lute songs and dance tunes, and soaring Celtic, and American Country. Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10 online, $15 at the door. Angelica's Bistro, 863 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-968-0112. www.doriswilliams.com

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