Windrider Film Forum
Two more nights remain in the acclaimed Windrider Bay Area Film Forum, giving audience members the chance to learn about a championship wrestler who is deaf, and an influential dog in an Australian mining community. Led by Menlo Park resident Terri Bullock, the Atherton forum features screenings and post-screening audience discussions with the filmmakers.
"The conversations tend to peel away the layers of the film and explore the film's message or impact on culture," Windrider executive Shannon Fischer said.
Tonight, July 13, the Oren Kaplan film "The Hammer" will be shown at 7 p.m. It tells the story of the first deaf wrestler to win a national collegiate championship, and has a deaf actor playing every deaf character in the film. The movie is two-third English and one-third in American Sign Language, with subtitles for both parts.
Kaplan and actress Shoshanna Stern will join the post-film discussion, with an ASL interpreter on hand.
On Saturday, July 14, screenwriter Daniel Paplitz and actor Josh Lucas will visit to talk about their forum film, "Red Dog," following a 7 p.m. screening. Directed by Kriv Stenders, the movie is set in the Australian outback and follows a dog who becomes important to the mining populace there. "It's a story about unconditional love, loyalty and accepting people no matter what," Stenders said.
Events are in the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road. Tickets for each night are $15 general and $5 for students. Go to windriderbayarea.org.
Foodies and arties (if that is a word) alike may find something worth their whiles in Menlo Park next weekend. For the 26th year, the downtown thoroughfare of Santa Cruz Avenue will host the Connoisseurs' Marketplace street fair.
Visiting foodies may gravitate toward demonstrations by professional chefs; specialty foods; samples from local eateries; and microbrew- and wine-tasting. Chefs will include Joanne Weir, a television cook and cookbook author; and chefs from local restaurants such as Left Bank, Trellis, the Menlo Hub and Carpaccio. Artisan foods will be available for sample and purchase.
In addition, some 250 artists will show and sell their work in the form of sculpture, photography, paintings, ceramics, glass, beadwork, etchings, jewelry, windchimes and other objects. Other events at the fair will include live music, kids' activities, a car show, and home and garden exhibits.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21 and 22; admission is free. For more information, go to miramarevents.com or call 650-325-2818.
Choir of Sidney Sussex College
Hailing from the land of early English composers Robert Fayrfax and Christopher Tye, the Choir of Sidney Sussex College within the University of Cambridge is touring the United States, and will be performing in Stanford University's Memorial Church.
The college was founded in 1596, and has a history of nurturing professional musicians. Its choir has won "Editor's Choice" and "CD of the Month" awards in Gramophone magazine. The group, which tours the States every three years, focuses on 16th-century music, as well as the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It also performs new commissioned works.
At Stanford, the choir will perform at 8 p.m. July 19. Admission is free. For more information, go to music.stanford.edu.
Emily Jeanne Miller
Once an environmental journalist, now a first-time novelist, Emily Jeanne Miller is coming to town to give an author talk at the Palo Alto Library's downtown branch, through Books Inc.
In "Brand New Human Being," Miller creates the character of Logan Pyle, a former grad student who's a stay-at-home dad to 4-year-old Owen. "My father is dead, my wife is indifferent, and my son is strange," Logan says in the book. "I'm thirty-six years old. My life is nothing like I thought it would be." When Logan spots his wife kissing another guy, he hits the road with Owen in a carseat.
Miller, who has an MFA in fiction from the University of Florida, worked as a journalist in California and the Rocky Mountains, and co-edited a writing anthology in Montana. Her author talk is free and located at 270 Forest Ave. in Palo Alto, starting at 7 p.m. July 17.
For more, go to booksinc.net.
Museum of American Heritage
At the heart of the 20th century lies the foundation of today's technology. Hair dryers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and refrigerators were all essential inventions that revolutionized everyday life. This is the theme of the latest exhibit at Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage.
"Inventing the 20th Century" will run through Jan. 13, 2013, and will include several artifacts from the museum's permanent collection, from eggbeaters to typewriters. Displaying pieces from the turn of the century to the second World War, exhibit organizers hope to spark today's innovation with the inventions of the past.
The museum is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, offering free admission as well as group tours. For more information, go to moah.org or call 650-473-6950.