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ConcertsJon Nakamatsu conversation and concert
For this Peninsula Symphony Music & Conversation event, Bay Area pianist Jon Nakamatsu will chat with Music Director Mitchell Sardou Klein about his music and career. He will also perform a few of his favorite piano pieces. Oct. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. $45. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Steven Johnson on 'How We Got to Now'
For this Commonwealth Club event, popular science writer Steven Johnson, author of "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World," will examine the history of innovation and how revolutionary inventions went from mere ideas to reality. Oct. 22, 7 p.m. $20 member; $12 nonmember; $7 student. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Boris Fishman on 'A Replacement Life'
In conversation with Ellen Sussman, Boris Fishman will talk about his debut novel about a failed journalist creating Holocaust-restitution claims for Russian Jews in New York. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsHow to Start a Fall Vegetable Garden
This Edible Urban Farm Company workshop will offer practical skills community members can use to plan and plant a garden this fall. Topics covered will include plant spacing and placement and basic crop rotation. Hands-on activities are included. Oct. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25. Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Benefits/FundraisersChefs Who Care @ Google
This unique Chefs Who Care dinner event at one of Google's cafes will benefit the Community Services Agency's efforts to relieve hunger and food insecurity in Mountain View. Oct. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Community Services Agency, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsGetting Things Done course
David Allen of Getting Things Done will teach a one-day course on increasing personal productivity called "Mastering Workflow Series Level 1: Fundamentals." Oct. 22, Experience GTD's brand new Mastering Workflow Series. A simple and dynamic one-day event designed for anyone seeking to learn the GTDŽ methodology. This course is taught by David Allen, This powerful program delivers a highly effective and sustainable way to gain greater personal productivity. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $595. Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsLifetree Cafe conversation
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations called "Living a Double Life," discussing the costs of living with a secret or a lie. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Oct. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Oct. 23, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Art GalleriesAccent Arts Mask Show
This October Accent Arts will have on display in its Alley Gallery its second annual mask contest and show. Oct. 4-25, 10 a.m. Free. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'Il Trovatore'
West Bay Opera will stage a production of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, "Il Trovatore," a gripping drama set in medieval Spain. Performances will include lavish costumes, video-enhanced sets and a cast with soprano Cynthia Clayton, tenor James Callon, baritone Krassen Karagiozov and mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston. Oct. 17, 19, 25 and 26, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
FilmUnited Nations Association Film Festival
With the theme of "Bridging the Gap," the 17th annual United Nations Association Film Festival will screen 70 documentaries from around the world meditating on such topics as human rights, the environment, migration, women's issues, refugees, racism, health and more. See website for complete schedule. Oct. 16-26. Prices vary. Locations in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and San Francisco, see website for specific show locations, times and prices., .
On Stage'Zoppe - An Italian Family Circus'
This one-ring circus held in an intimate 500-seat tent will feature Nino the clown, acrobatics, equestrian stunts and more, all woven into a central story. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 10-26, see website for specific showtimes. $10-$25. Circus Tent - Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
ExhibitsPop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsOverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
Community members can make appointments to speak with staff of the Portola Valley Library one-on-one for assistance in accessing the library's free online books. Contact the library to sign up. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-29, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Little House will offer a twice weekly Pilates course this October, teaching an exercise which that works on conditioning, core strength and flexibility through slow controlled movements. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 13-29, 7-8 p.m. $135 October fee. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'The Anniversary Collection' by Marsha Heimbecker
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display in October an exhibit of bold oil paintings by San Mateo artist Marsha Heimbecker called "The Anniversary Collection." Oct. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
ExhibitsMetal and wire artists show
Artists Linda Tapscott of Portola Valley and Tom DeHoog of Woodside will team up for an exhibit of their artwork made from non-traditional materials. Oct. 1-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory School, Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Explorations in Color'
An exhibit composed of mixed-media watercolor paintings by Rosemarie Gorman will be on display at Gallery 9. Sept. 30-Nov. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
On Stage'Sweeney Todd'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," in which the titular hero takes revenge on a cruel judge with the help of meat-pie cooking Mrs. Lovett. Oct. 8-Nov. 2, see website for specific dates and times. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Repetition of Themes'
Gallery House will offer an exhibit of abstract paintings by Joyce Savre and paintings by Wendy Fitgerald based on the theme of "landscape and language." A reception with the artists will be held on Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21-Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Film2014 CreaTiVe Awards Call For Entries
CreaTV San Jose has made a call for entries for its 2014 CreaTiVe Awards, for which filmmakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz can submit videos and TV shows for competition in ten categories. The submission period ends on Nov. 15, finalists will be announced on Dec. 8, and winners will be declared on Jan. 10. Oct. 8-Nov. 15, $30 per entry per category. CreaTV San Jose, 255 W. Julian St., San Jose.
Art Galleries'Pomegranate Art' by Linda Tapscott
The Oshman Family JCC will have on display pomegranate wire mesh sculptures by Linda Tapscott in the Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Bay Area and Beyond' by Denise Natanson-Marcus
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of oil paintings on canvas by local artist Denise Natanson-Marcus, whose work depicting natural scenes is influenced by contemporary realism and Impressionism. Sept. 30-Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Sympathy for the Devil'
As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Family and Kids'Seeing with a New Eye' toddler and parent course
Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer Parenting with Heart eight week classes for toddlers and their caregivers. This fall's introductory class called "Seeing with a New Eye: Observation and Rhythm" will help parents and caregivers learn about and guide their children. Other sessions will be held in the winter and spring. Mondays, Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. for toddlers 12-24 months; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. for 24-36 months. $320. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.
Exhibits'I'll Show You Mine'
The Palo Alto Art Center will have on display an exhibit called "I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture," made up of pieces in a variety of mediums by 12 contemporary audiences. Sept. 27-Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
HealthYoga with Mike
Michael Kintz will offer weekly yoga classes designed to provide relaxation through meditation and movement. All ages and levels welcome. See website for specific times and locations. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8-Dec. 15, 5:15 or 5:30 p.m. $161. Lucie Stern Community Center or Little House Activity Center, , Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Family and KidsToddler Art Classes
Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold art classes for toddlers ages 2 to 4 years old, with three session times available. See the website for more info. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 16. $70/month; free trial available. Accent Arts Store, Second Floor, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsDayOne Baby classes
DayOne Baby, with a new store in Palo Alto, has a wide offering of classes for expecting and new parents and their children, newborn to 24 months old. Available courses include Breastfeeding; Musical Play; Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me; Messy Play; Infant, Child, and Adult CPR; Potty Training; and more. Year-round, see website for specific class info. Prices vary. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
HealthRight On Fitness course
This Chez Fit fitness class will use weights, tubing, balls and more to build muscle, reduce body fat and improve posture and flexibility. Students should bring an exercise mat. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-Dec. 17, 10-11 a.m. $180 for 12 sessions. Portola Valley Town Center, 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.
Exhibits'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 130 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank's book, "The Americans." His images document subjects including Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Echoes from 85 Years, 85 Artists'
Artists Kimm Barnes, Raven Erebus, Joan Schulze and Stefanie Sylvester -- participants in the recent "85 Years, 85 Artists" show at Menlo College -- will contribute more of their work to this new exhibit. A reception will be held on Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 20-Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsArt School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson'
The Cantor Arts Center will host an exhibit of unconventional clay sculptures by Robert Arneson, who frequently used himself as a subject throughout his more-than-40-year career. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'The Bay Area and Beyond'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display a long-term exhibit of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the Bay Area. Works will include pieces by artists with Stanford connections, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.