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Lectures & Talks'Rev Up Your Biz Dev Mojo'
Led by expert Chip Doyle, this evening will teach effective strategies and practice them in high-energy breakout sessions with peers from Women in Consulting. April 17, 6-8:30 p.m. $45-$65. Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
ConcertsJeffrey Siegel Concert: Russian Rapture
For the Keyboard Conversations(R) Series, Jeffrey Siegel's 'concerts with commentary' will appeal to both piano aficionados and novices alike. April 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25 member/students; $30 nonmember; $35 at the door. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsOrbiters' Toastmasters' Open House
Orbiters' Toastmasters will hold a 1950s themed open house and celebration of the club's 55th anniversary. The event will include a chance to brush up on speaking skills and enjoy refreshments and others' speeches. April 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
Clubs/MeetingsNon-Fiction Book Club
The club will hold a discussion of "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor. Drop-ins are welcome. April 17, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityMaundy Thursday Tenebrae service
Beginning with communion as the "Last Supper," the event will then move into a Tenebrae service. It will retell the story of Jesus' journey to the cross, extinguishing the light along the way. April 17, 7-7:45 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Community EventsTransportation Forum
Representatives from VTA, BART and East/South Bay Shuttle will describe their services, provide schedules and answer individual questions about trips around the Bay Area. The event will include info from Marguerite, Caltrain and Yellow Cab, among others. April 17, 3-6 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsMonthly Book Club
The April selection for Avenidas' monthly book club is "Salem Falls," a twist on the Salem Witch Trials, written by Jodi Picoult. Facilitator Phil Lumish and others will lead the discussion. April 17, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksMarion Nestle: Advocacy for Healthier Food Systems
Marion Nestle, author of the book "Food Politics," will speak about ways that the food movement can draw on the lessons learned from social movements of the past to define advocacy goals, targets and methods; engage allies; and monitor progress. April 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Susan Schillinglaw
Susan Schillinglaw will discuss and sign her new book, "Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage." Carol Henning Steinbeck, John Steinbeck’s first wife, was the inspiration for his great work of the 1930s, culminating in "The Grapes of Wrath." Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State University, directed the Center for Steinbeck Studies there from 1987 to 2005. April 17, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Classes/Workshops'Awesome Asparagus' Cooking Class
This Palo Alto Adult School class will teach students how to cook creatively with asparagus. Participants will also learn about different types of asparagus in a taste test. The class will make gratin, soup and asparagus with sesame mayo. April 17, 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Community Events'Living with Autism' conversation
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring how to cope with the challenges of autism. Participants will learn about autism and connect with others who live with or who care for people with autism. Complimentary snacks will be provided. April 16, 7-8 p.m.; April 17, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'SpaceCase': Paintings by Jessica Eastburn
The Canada College Art Gallery presents "SpaceCase," a series of paintings by local artist Jessica Eastburn. Using traditional manual methods, Eastburn has created paintings that resemble highly-digitalized artwork. A special reception will be held March 18 to celebrate the opening. Monday through Thursday, March 18-April 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Canada College Art Gallery, Building 9, Room 152, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.
Classes/WorkshopsYouth Studio Production Camp
Students will use KMVT's professional studio equipment to learn basic skills in screenwriting, story boarding, camera work, lighting, directing, sound design, acting and editing. The result will be an entire production, which will be broadcast on Cable Channel 15. April 14-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $349. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
On Stage'Les Miserables' by Ram's Head
Ram's Head Theatrical Society at Stanford University is putting on a production of classic musical "Les Miserables," based on the novel by Victor Hugo. April 11-19, 8-10:30 p.m. $10-$20. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsDigital Photography with Neal Mesnchel
Taught by acclaimed photojournalist Neal Menschel, this four-week workshop will focus on camera equipment, capturing images and composition. April 3-24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $150. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Art GalleriesPacific Art League Exhibitions
The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto will host two new exhibitions in April: "Spring Awakening" and "Local Talent." All are invited to attend the opening reception held on April 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Pacific Art League. April 4-April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (gallery hours). Free. Pacific Art League, 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'From the Earth, into the Sky' Exhibit
Gallery House presents an exhibition of pottery by Thomas Arakawa and paintings by Maura Carta. A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is on display April 1-26, every day except Monday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Bodie' Photo Exhibit by Aki Mori
Aki Mori’s digital color photography, "Bodie," will be on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. Bodie was a busy gold mine center in late 1870 through the early 1890s. The images express the passage of time in this ghost town. A reception will be held on Friday, April 4, from 5-8 p.m. April 1-26, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
ExhibitsBest in Kind: San Francisco Bay Area Ceramic Artists
Curated by Jo Killen, this exhibit hosted by local fine arts press Smith Anderson Editions will showcase impressive ceramic pieces made by artists around the Bay Area. A reception will be held Saturday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. March 15-April 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Anderson Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles," adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The company takes the story of a curse, a ghostly hound and an insane murderer and adds some comedy to the suspense. Check website for specific dates and times. April 2-27, 2, 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
AuditionsEl 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.
Art GalleriesJim Dine and Claes Oldenburg Exhibit
Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg are two American artists who depict every day objects in various ways; 20 of their prints will be on display. Ongoing from Dec. 11 to April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsPortola Valley Watershed exhibit
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley. The library will help celebrate throughout the month of April with an exhibit of the local watershed, including Sausal Creek. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Japan Revisited' Photo Exhibit
The Portola Art Gallery presents "Japan Revisited," photographs by Frances Freyberg. The color photos feature landscapes, cityscapes, shrine scenes and portraits from Freyberg’s 2013 travels through the country. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Community EventsCommunity Poem at Atherton Library
The Atherton Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a collaborative poem. All community members are invited to contribute to a collective poem created and on display in the library. April 1-30, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
ExhibitsArtist Alan VanEss exhibit
The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
On Stage'Smash' play
This political comedy features a runaway groom who abandons his bride on their wedding day so he can overthrow the British government. April 10-May 4, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On Stage'Harold and Maude'
Los Altos Stage Company will perform "Harold and Maude," a dark romantic comedy about the friendship between Harold, a young man obsessed with death, and octogenarian Maude, who is filled with a zest for life. April 10-May 4, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 p.m. $32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'The Honest Landscape': Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 in England and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. Will be on display Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 27 until May 4, 2014. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court'
The 16 prints and drawings featured in this installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. Works on view include etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe, who created pointed political satires. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit
This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits. Wednesday-Sunday, until May 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Rise Again' photo exhibit
The "Rise Again" exhibit is composed of photographs taken by Roger Spinti in the aftermath of the Haiyan Typhoon. There will have a special reception on April 26. All proceeds from sales from this exhibit will go to help the victims of the typhoon, with funds to be channeled to victims' communities by Catholic Relief Services. Until May 20, 1-4 p.m. Free. Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 261 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Dreams': Works by Avery Palmer
This exhibition of works by artist and CSMA faculty member Avery Palmer will include ceramics, paintings and drawings. An opening reception will be held with the artist on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. April 11-May 25, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Intaglio: The Art of Incision'
Woodcut and relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screen printing have all been used to produce book illustrations at various points in printing history. Intaglio is one of the oldest of these processes and is the focus of this exhibit. March 3-May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art & Architecture Library, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
ExhibitsPlein Aire Group Watercolor Exhibit
An exhibit of works by the Pleine Aire Group of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is on display at the Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter. The works all involve the Baylands or other local open spaces. Until May 30, Monday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Revolutions in Eastern Europe' Exhibit
The Hoover Institution’s new exhibition, "Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 1989-1990," includes dissident literature, political platforms, campaign ephemera, photographs and posters from the era. Tuesday through Saturday, through Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hoover Institution, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.
Exhibits'The Circle of the Sun' Exhibit
This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, noon-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsRepairing Strained Relationships
This 11-week workshop on working through and resolving family conflicts will be led by Jack Hamilton, senior research scientist and former Stanford instructor. April 11-June 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $100 members; $125 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
ExhibitsAmerican Photographs: A Cultural History
Professor Alexander Nemerov designed this exhibition to illuminate his course on American photographs. The 14 works on display range from a Civil War-era photograph by Timothy O’Sullivan to street photography by Robert Frank, work by Diane Arbus from the 1960s and work by Helen Levitt from the 1970s. March 12 to July 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Art Galleries'85 Years 85 Artists' exhibit
Menlo College looks at the past 85 years through the eyes of artists. Artists from around the world were randomly assigned a year to illustrate. The "85 Years 85 Artists" exhibit has participating artists in 21 states, plus the Netherlands, England and Italy. A reception will be held March 26 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 26-July 11, 9-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
Exhibits'Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery'
James Chang has incorporated Rodin's hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsMarine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute is hosting a camp that offers hands-on activities, live animals and educational field trips including a day aboard the Marine Science Institute research vessel. Week-long camps run from June 16–Aug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
Art Galleries'Capturing Light: The World as We See It'
"Capturing Light" is a judged exhibit and sale of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 photos taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds from print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in local schools. A public reception will be held on March 30, 2-5 p.m. March through August, 8-noon; 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Food and Drink520 Chef's Table at Garden Court Hotel
Garden Court Hotel's private chef and kitchen debut 520 Chef's Table - a local event with a lively atmosphere, cocktails and culinary creations by executive chef Clive Berkman. Third Thursday of the month, March until November, 7-9:30 p.m. $168 (includes tax, service fee). Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Food and DrinkPortola 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, jerky, artisan breads, empanadas, goat’s milk chocolates, flowers, crafts and music. Thursdays, year-round, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsFor the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.