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Lectures & TalksPoet Jane Hirshfield on 'The Beauty' and 'Ten Windows'
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Jane Hirshfield will visit Kepler's to provide thoughts on her new collection of verse, "The Beauty," and book of essays, "Ten Windows." March 31, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Scott Sampson on 'How to Raise a Wild Child'
Dr. Scott Sampson, host of the PBS Kids show "Dinosaur Train," will share his recent book "How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature," a guide for parents and teachers. March 31, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Focus on Writing' discussion with South Bay Writers
South Bay Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club, will hold a panel discussion led by Colin Seymor on writing, with authors Betty Auchard, Rita Beach and Sherrie Johnson participating. March 31, 7:30 p.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Peter Brett on 'The Skull Throne'
Fantasy author Peter V. Brett will visit Books Inc. in Mountain View to share "The Skull Throne," the latest installment of his Demon Cycles series about human survivors fighting nocturnal demons. April 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksHear the Conversation Authors Roundtable
Six Bay Area business authors -- including Jeffrey Pfeffer, Paul Freiberger, Leslie Berlin, Lee Caraher and Lisa Kay Solomon -- will participate in a roundtable, moderated by Dr. Richard A. Moran, Menlo College president. April 1, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksInternational journalists panel
World Affairs Council will hold a panel discussion with international journalists from Pakistan, Brazil and Kenya, who will talk about how the application of recent innovations to traditional media has enhanced security and extended news to larger communities. Refreshments will be available before the event at 7 p.m. April 1, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksBarney Frank on 'Frank: A Life in Politics'
Longtime Congressman Barney Frank will talk about his memoir "Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage," which tells how an unkempt and argumentative gay Jew became an effective legislator. April 1, 7:30 p.m. $25 general; $12.50 student with ID. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Peter Heller on 'The Painter'
Peter Heller, author of the bestseller "The Dog Stars," will mark the paperback release of his second work of fiction "The Painter," a novel about art, violence, love and grief. April 2, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Kazuo Ishiguro on 'The Buried Giant'
Kazuo Ishiguro, celebrated author of "Never Let Me Go" and "The Remains of the Day," will share his first novel in nearly a decade, "The Buried Giant." April 2, 7:30 p.m. $20 general; $10 student with ID. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Lectures & Talks'A Conversation about our Digital Future with Jaron Lanier and Sebastian Thrun'
Jaron Lanier and Sebastian Thrun, influential technologists and public thinkers, will reflect on Douglas Engelbart's 1968 tech demo, human augmentation through technology and where humanity is headed. April 2, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'1850s Rough and Tumble Woodside'
At this Woodside Arts and Culture Committee First Friday event, Mitch Postel, president of the San Mateo County Historical Association, will share the scandalous history of Woodside during the California Gold Rush years. April 3, 7-8 p.m. Free. Woodside Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lectures & Talks'Augmenting Performance'
Stanford Live will hold an event called "Augmenting Performance: A Panel on Digital Technology and Creative Practice," in which contemporary artists and thinkers will discuss how technology is changing how live art is conceived and made. Participants will include Ge Wang (Stanford Laptop Orchestra), Annie Dorsen (Broadway's "Passing Strange"), and Ben Neill and Mikel Rouse ("The Demo"). Lunch will be provided. April 3, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, Studio, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksChristine Witzel with 'She Also Served'
For this Menlo Park Library-sponsored event, Christine Witzel will talk about her book "She Also Served: Letters from a Navy Wife," a compilation of her mother's letters written while she was a Menlo Park housewife during World War II and living overseas in China and England. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. April 4, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksSFMOMA talk: Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams
This talk offered by SFMOMA will explore the work of Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams, who shared both a friendship and an appreciation for the Western landscape. The presentation will allow attendees to compare and contrast the artists' work. April 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksXconomy Forum: Robo Madness West
Xconomy will hold an event showcasing a new generation of startups and investors using robotics to solve problems in retail, manufacturing, health care, agriculture, entertainment and education. April 7, 1-5 p.m. Prices vary. SRI International, 215 First St., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ann Packer on 'The Children's Crusade'
Ann Packer, award-winning author of "The Dive from Clausen's Pier," will talk about her newest novel "The Children's Crusade," which follows a California family over the course of five decades. April 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli on 'Becoming Steve Jobs'
In conversation with museum CEO John Hollar, Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli will discuss their book "Becoming Steve Jobs," which breaks down common myths and stereotypes and humanizes the computing genius. Registration online is requested. April 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talksde Young docent lecture
This docent lecture will share highlights from the de Young museum's current exhibit "Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland," which includes works from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. April 7, 10-11 a.m. Free. The Sequoias Portola Valley, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & Talks'Development of the F-117A Stealth Fighter'
The Aero Club of Northern California will hold a luncheon where Alan Brown, former Lockheed Martin director of engineering, will talk about the development of the F-117A Stealth Fighter. The event is open to members and non-members. Pre-registration is required. April 8, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. $20. Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Aesthetics and Politics of Exhibiting Muslims Artists in New York City'
For this lecture hosted by the Abbasi Program for Islamic Studies at Stanford University, Munir Jiwa will draw upon ethnographic fieldwork with Muslim visual artists in New York City in thinking about Muslims in ways that doesn't confine them to theological belief. April 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Gary Singh on 'The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy'
Gary Singh, an award-winning journalist and contributor to Metro Silicon Valley, will discuss the history of the area's soccer team as told in his book "The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy." April 8, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Encountering the First Dwarf Planet'
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Marc Rayman, mission director for the Dawn Spacecraft, will give a free, non-technical and illustrated talk on "Encountering the First Dwarf Planet: The Mission to Ceres." April 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Bruce Henderson on 'Rescue at Los Banos'
Former Stanford historian Bruce Henderson will discuss and sign his new book "Rescue at Los Banos: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II," which tells a true story of a military rescue in the Philippines. April 9, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Anita Hughes on 'French Coast'
Local author Anita Hughes will share her latest novel, "French Coast," which follows Vogue editor Serena as she sets out for the Cote D'Azur. April 9, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksSummer gardening talk with Edgar Lo
Master Gardener Edgar Lo will lead this exploration of summer gardening topics. April 9, 7:30 p.m. Free. BookBuyers Mountain View, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksMidtown Native Plants Talk and Showcase
Palo Alto Midtown Residents Association will host a talk and showcase with the California Native Plant Society, offering ideas on replacing lawns with easy to grow native plants, and Nature's Alley, covering arrangement with native plants. April 11, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 2890 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .
Lectures & TalksBay Area Funeral Consumers Association Conference
The annual conference of the Bay Area Funeral Consumers Association will include talks about the Willed Body programs of Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco. A short business meeting will also be held. Refreshments will be served. April 12, 1-3 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, Community Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'Jewish Life in an Era of Extremism'
This symposium led by Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan will seek to confront troublesome issues regarding threats to Jewish life, presenting candid and far-ranging viewpoints on the topic. Pre-registration is encouraged. April 12, 2-6 p.m. Free. Kehillah Jewish High School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksJudaism & Science Symposium
The Oshman Family JCC will host a panel discussion on how Jewish thinking has influenced scientific inquiry and discoveries. Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and others will participate, and Michael Krasny of KQED will moderate. A book signing will follow the event. April 12, 5-7 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'From "Me" to "We": Finding Harmony in Relationships'
The Art of Living Foundation will offer a talk and discussion about enriching connections in personal and professional lives by looking at the qualities each individual embodies and exhibits. April 12, 10 a.m.-noon. $25-$35. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Erik Larson on 'Dead Wake'
100 years after the Lusitania disaster, Erik Larson -- bestselling author of "Thunderstruck" and "The Devil in the White City" -- will discuss his newest book "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania." April 13, 7:30 p.m. $35 (includes a signed copy of 'Dead Wake'). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAllen Hammond on net neutrality
For April's Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum, Allen Hammond, a law professor at Santa Clara University and director of the Broadband Institute of California, will provide an overview of the new net neutrality policy and how it will impact Internet service providers and consumers. April 14, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Attu - Extreme birding in the Aleutian Islands'
Part of the Audubon Speaker Series, this lecture will provide a photographic tour of the birds and landscapes of Attu, a remote and unique part of the U.S. April 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Skip Horack on 'The Other Joseph'
Skip Horak, a former Jones Lecturer and Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, will provide a peak into his book "The Other Joseph," about a man driven by his brother's legacy to embark on a journey of redemption. April 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sue Weeks on 'How Desolate Our Home Bereft of Thee'
Sue Jensen Weeks will discuss her work of creative nonfiction, "How Desolate Our Home Bereft of Thee: James Tillman Sanford Allred and the Circleville Massacre," which portrays the near annihilation of Native Americans in Utah. April 16, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Beth Shapiro on 'How to Clone a Mammoth'
UC Santa Cruz professor Beth Shapiro will talk about her book "How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of de-Extinction," illuminating the astonishing and controversial process of bringing extinct species back to life. April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksRadio astronomer Jill Tarter
Dr. Jill Tarter, a well-known radio astronomer and former director of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence program, will visit Palo Alto High School to talk about the possibility of life beyond Earth. April 17, 7-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto High School, Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAutism Spectrum Disorders Update
The Stanford Autism Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford will hold its eighth annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update, an event that gives community members a chance to learn about new autism research and therapies at Stanford. April 18, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $125 registration fee. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jennifer Jacquet on 'Is Shame Necessary?'
New York University professor Jennifer Jacquet will discuss ideas from her book "Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool," in which she argues that shaming can be used as form of resistance. April 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jacqueline Winspear on 'A Dangerous Place'
Jacqueline Winspear will visit Kepler's to read from her Maisie Dobbs mystery "A Dangerous Place" -- only two days after its publication date. April 29, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksSFMOMA talk: Jasper Johns
This talk offered by SFMOMA will take a look at the connection between Jasper Johns and the San Francisco Bay Area, through images drawn from local private and public sources and the artist's own collection from the 1950s to the present. May 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jane Smiley on 'Early Warning'
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley will share "Early Warning," the second installment in The Last Hundred Years trilogy which chronicles the journey of the Langdon family through mid-century America. May 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksEditor in Chief of Fodor's Travel Arabella Bowen
Arabella Bowen, the editor in chief of the guide book maker Fodor's Travel, will provide tips on vacation destinations, finding deals on hotels and airfare, booking, and what to pack. May 16, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'A Photo Tour of Bird Behavior'
For this Audubon Speaker Series event, local bird photographer Steve Zamek will explore the behavior of a variety of bird species through photos. May 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Andrew Keen on 'The Internet Is Not the Answer'
Andrew Keen, who has been described as the "Christopher Hitchens of the Internet," will discuss his book "The Internet Is Not the Answer," in which he looks at the consequences of the rise of wealthy monopolistic companies like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Spotify and others. May 20, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.