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Arts & Entertainment - January 8, 2014



Benefit Concert for the Lighthouse for the Blind Retired Menlo School teacher Steve Gill presents "The Song is You: Kern and Kahn Go to Hollywood." Proceeds go to The Lighthouse for the Blind. Among the Menlo School graduates who will perform are local residents Jenn Mitchell, Derek Yecies, Evanne Riskas, Tony Espinoza and Kari Hall. Jan. 18-19, 7:30-9:15 p.m. $15 donation requested. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-948-4648.

Art Galleries

Memorial Church Tour Cantor Arts Center docents provide background on the architecture, carvings, mosaics and stained glass windows of Memorial Church and its restoration after the earthquakes of 1906 and 1989. Meets at the church entrance. No tours April 18 and Nov. 28 in 2014. 2 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Rodin: The Complete Stanford Collection The Cantor Arts Center expands the display of Rodin's work, with the Center's entire collection of Rodin's bronzes, plasters, and waxes on view. Ongoing until Jan. 31. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, Thursdays until 8 pm. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.


El Camino Youth Symphony Auditions ECYS is holding new member auditions for the 2014-15 season. ECYS offers six different orchestras as well as opportunities in chamber music for musicians of all levels. Interested applicants, ages 6-18, with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to apply. Auditions in March/April 2014. $25 audition fee. To be determined, To be determined, Palo Alto.

Silicon Valley Boychoir spring auditions The Silicon Valley Boychoir auditions for boys ages 7-12 will be held near downtown Palo Alto by appointment. The multi-level choir is held after school and performs locally in May. Older boys with experience may audition for upper levels. Jan. 7-17. Free audition; semester tuition. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.


Backyard Edibles Garden Class Learn about growing garden edibles and how to get high yields in small spaces. Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

Beginning Clothing Construction Class Learn a new skill or update sewing skills with professional sewing teachers in this Canada College Fashion Department class. Class participants will work with knits and wovens to create a variety of garments. Open to all skill levels. Jan. 14-May 20, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. $138 and up. Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Call 650-306-3370.

Bird Drawing and Sketching Workshop Local artist Kathy Kleinsteiber will teach a workshop on drawing and sketching birds at the EcoCenter. Reservations strongly recommended, especially if you need materials. Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers' EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-493-8000 ext. 345.

Boomer Fitness Blast Class This fitness class offers a low-impact, full-body workout that aims to increase muscle strength and flexibility as well as improve posture and agility. By registration only. Jan. 13-March 31, Mondays, 7-8 p.m. $150. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700 ext. 200.

Boomer Stability Ball Blast Class This fitness class aims to will strengthen core muscles, improve posture and alignment and burn fat using stability balls. By registration only. Jan. 14-April 4, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $165 one time weekly; $265 bi-weekly. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700 ext. 200.

Brew University: Seasonal Beers From Around the World Learn from Gordon Biersch Brewmaster, John Tucci, about seasonal beers from around the world. Registration is required. Jan. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-838-2931.

eBooks/eAudiobooks Class at Woodside Library Bring a mobile device and any questions to this hour-long class about downloading library materials, such as eBooks and eAudiobooks. Jan. 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Irish Dancing Class The City of Menlo Park is offering this Irish dance class. Jan. 14-Feb. 11, Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m. $104/$139. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200.

Jewish Birth Preparation Class The Jewish Baby Network is hosting this six-week class, which covers both traditional birthing class topics (anatomy, stages of labor, pain management, etc.) and also includes themes and topics that are relevant to Jewish families. Jan. 8-Feb. 12, Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. $200 per couple. Parents Place in Palo Alto, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-275-2215.

Memoir Writing Workshops at Little House Peninsula author Phyllis Butler will lead a series of memoir writing workshops at Menlo Park's Little House. Jan. 9-30, Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $40/$45. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-0732.

Persian & Central Asian Dance Class This Persian and Central Asian dance class (for ages 16+) will feature classical miniature and regional folkloric Persian dances fused with the instructor's background in yoga, flamenco, whirling and Odissi Indian styles. Jan. 6-March 29, Thursdays, 3-4 p.m. $159 residents; $213 non-residents; $15 drop-in. Arrillaga Family Rec Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 925-348-0026.

Pre-Ballet and Tap Dance Class This City of Menlo Park dance class combines pre-ballet and tap basics for children and teens. Ballet and tap shoes are required. Parents are welcome to join the last class. Jan. 9-March 27, Thursdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m. $148/$198. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200.

Soil Foodweb Class Common Ground in Palo Alto hosts this class, focused on soil life and plants. Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072.

Zoom In - Digital Video Workshop Zoom In is a 15-hour intensive video workshop that covers how to create a digital video, edit it, upload it to Youtube and produce a DVD. Class includes all software, equipment plus a booklet. Feb. 3-12, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $145 Mid Peninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-494-8686 ext. 11.


Portola Valley Library Book Club Portola Valley Library Book Club will discuss "Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness" by Alexandra Fuller. Drop-ins are welcome. Jan. 16, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Portola Valley Library LEGO Club The library provides LEGOs for kids to build with. Duplo building blocks are also available for younger attendees. Register by contacting the library. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Portola Valley Library Winter Reading Club Students in grades K-12 can join the Winter Reading Club. The rules are: finish a book, come into the Portola Valley Library and fill out a raffle card. All completed cards will be entered into a drawing to win raffle prizes. Dec. 16-Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Community Events

MPCSD Meeting on Transportation at Hillview & Oak Knoll Schools The Menlo Park City School District Transportation Department is hosting a town hall meeting about traffic, student commutes, safety and parking at Hillview and Oak Knoll schools. Topics relating to how students and community members get to and from school safely will be discussed. Jan. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park.

Portola Valley Farmers' Market This farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruits and vegetables, local grass-fed beef, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, HOT free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten free baked goods, organic fruit popsicles, nuts and nut butters, pickles and jerky, artisan breads, empanadas, goat's milk chocolates, flowers, crafts and music. The market runs Thursdays, year-round. 2-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Talk: 'Eichler Homes, Then and Now' The Little House Activity Center hosts local realtor Monique Lombardellis to discuss Eichler homes. Jan. 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free for members; $3 for non-members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025.


Audra McDonald Performance Actress and singer Audra McDonald ("Ragtime," "Raisin in the Sun," "Porgy and Bess") will perform showtunes, classic songs from the movies and original pieces written especially for her. Jan. 17, 7:30-9 p.m. $10-175. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

Christian Lane Organ Recital Christian Lane, associate university choirmaster and organist at Harvard University, will perform a wide range of music. This concert will feature Bach's "Passacaglia." Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. $20 general admission ($10 seniors/students). Christ Church Portola Valley, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0224.

Family and Kids

'Zoo to You' at the Children's Library Zookeepers from the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will be at the Children's Library with zoo animals. For grades K-5 only. Registration is required. Jan. 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto. Call 650-838-2931.

Annual LEGO Holiday Extravaganza See a variety of LEGO creations made by members of Bay Area LEGO User Group and Bay Area LEGO Train Club, featuring train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the exhibit. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from Dec. 13 to Jan. 19. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2 per person; BayLUG and MOAH members are free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

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.

Karen Quest Cowgirl Tricks Performance Karen Quest will perform a comedy show with trick roping, music, magic and audience participation. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Jan. 22, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Puppet Art Theater Co. The Woodside Library hosts Puppet Art Theater Co. for a performance. Jan. 18, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

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.


'Flesh and Metal' on Film A variety of films by or about artists featured in the Cantor Art Center exhibit "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art" will run continuously concurrent with the exhibition. Ongoing every day from Nov. until March 16. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford .

Screening of 'Dislecksia: The Movie' Athena Academy, Parents Education Network: Silicon Valley and filmmaker Harvey Hubbell to host a screening of the documentary "Dislecksia: The Movie," which is about dyslexia. Hubbell himself is dyslexic. A discussion will follow the film. Jan. 21, 7-9 p.m. $10. Athena Academy, 525 San Antonio Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-543-4560.


'Setting the Table' Healthy Cooking Class "Setting the Table" is Hazon's seven-session learning program for families with children ages 4-7. Led by educator Nechama Langer-Levin, the class teaches healthy eating and lifestyle skills guided by Jewish values. No previous knowledge assumed. Jan. 12-March 23, Sundays, 10 a.m.-noon. $126 per family. Oshman Family JCC , 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 415-397-7020.

Healthy Eating Store Tour at Whole Foods Whole Foods is hosting two "healthy eating" store tours during which participants will tour each department and focus on healthy items in each one with samples along the way. By attending this tour, participants will be automatically entered to win a $500 "Pantry Makeover." Register online: Jan. 7 and 18, 9:30-10 a.m. Free. Whole Foods Market Palo Alto, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Call 650-326-8676.

Tai Chi at Woodside Library Woodside Library hosts a tai chi class in the library's native plant garden, weather permitting. Open to all ability levels. Jan. 3-31, Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library Native Plant Garden, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Live Music

Megan Keely in concert Megan Keely, a local indie folk singer whose song "Rules" was featured on the soundtrack of the film "The Hunger Games," will perform songs from her album "Deciduous." Jan. 11, 3-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

On Stage

'Rx' at the Dragon Theatre "Rx" is a play by Kate Fodor, directed by Jeanie Smith, about a pill that relieves all the stress and strains of life. Jan. 16-Feb. 9, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.


Compline: An Evening Service of Song This 30-minute service of hymns, anthems and chant is sung by Stanford and local choral ensembles on Sundays (during the academic year with the exception of university holidays and academic breaks). 9-9:30 pm Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762.

University Public Worship Public worship at Stanford's Memorial Church is open to anyone. Jan. 5-March 30m Sundays, 10 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762.

Lectures & Talks

'The Transaction Society: Origins and Consequences' This lecture series, hosted by the Stanford Center for Ethics in Society, will feature two lectures by Nicholas Lemann, professor and former dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He will discuss how he thinks American society fundamentally changed in the second half of the twentieth century. Jan. 15 and 16, 5:30 p.m. Free. Koret-Taube 130, 366 Galvez St., Stanford. Call 650-736-6247.

'What Matters to Me & Why': Yvonne Maldonado Yvonne A. Maldonado, MD, professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Health Research and Policy, and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Stanford University School of Medicine, will speak as part of "What Matters to Me and Why," a Stanford Office of Religious Life program. Jan. 8, Noon-1 p.m. Free. Old Union, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762.

Author Len Filppu Local author Len Filppu will read from and sign his parenting book, "Prime Time Dads: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood." Jan. 9, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-857-1031.

Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley at SRI In "50 Years of Out-of-This-World Research at Arecibo Observatory," SRI's Dr. Robert Kerr will describe the past, present and future of the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, located in Puerto Rico and used for breakthrough research in astronomy, space studies and atmospheric sciences. Directions to SRI: Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-859-2198.

Community Forum: 'Healthy Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep' Little House Activity Center hosts Dr. Posner, an psychologist working with the National Institute of Health, for a discussion of the latest research in effective, non-drug insomnia treatments to help have a good night's sleep. Jan. 16, 10-11 a.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025.

Fashion at Stanford: Annie Leibovitz & Pascal Dangin Cathy Horyn, fashion critic for The New York Times, will sit with Annie Leibovitz, photographer, and Pascal Dangin, founder of Box Studios and CEO and Creative Director of KiDS, to discuss image-making and branding. This is the second event of the Fashion at Stanford series. Jan. 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. CEMEX Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford. Call 650-736-0705.

Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection First in a series presented by the Asian Art Museum, this exhibit will focus on 80 works of Japanese art spanning 1,300 years from Larry Ellison's private collection. The program will be presented by docent Michelle Wilcox. Jan. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 650-948-7683.

Stanford Live: 'Go Baroque!' In a Stanford Live Informance, the Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra will offer an educational presentation on how a Baroque "continuo team" (cello, lute, harpsichord) works together to form the harmonic and rhythmic foundation in baroque repertoire. Jan. 16, 7-8 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Talk: Safety and Security in a Transnational Environment Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google, will speak at this talk, hosted by the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Jan. 22, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Tresidder Memorial Union, 2nd Floor, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-736-0414.


Training for Naturalist Educator Volunteers Environmental Volunteers, part of the EcoCenter, is hosting training for those interested in becoming a nature volunteer in local schools. Volunteering is weekdays. Training is Jan. 10-Feb. 21, Fridays. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $75/$50. Scholarships available. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-493-8000 ext. 345.


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