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Religion/Spirituality

Compline: An Evening Service of Song
Stanford and local choral ensembles will sing a weekly 30-minute service of hymns, anthems and chants in the candlelit Memorial Church. No service will be held on Feb. 15. Sundays, Jan. 25-March 8, 9-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Film

'They Played for their Lives'
The Oshman Family JCC will host a screening of the documentary film "They Played for their Lives," which shares the stories of Holocaust survivors who played music in the ghettos and concentration camps. Jan. 25, 4-6 p.m. $15 member, $20 general in advance; $25 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Home buyers seminar
Avi Urban will lead a seminar for prospective home buyers, discussing when is the right time to buy or move and whether to invest in real estate in Silicon Valley or somewhere else. Jan. 25, 1:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Bank of America, 600 Hansen Way, Suite 220, Palo Alto.

Lectures & Talks

Winter Poetry Series event
This afternoon of poetry will feature Jym Marks, Leah Lubin and Gary Horsman, as well as special guests Kalamu Chache, Cheryl Watkins, Monica Zones, Walter Baker, Linda Burroughs, Saundra Curry, Rita Daneils, Rene Curry and Yolanda Garcia. Jan. 25, 3-5 p.m. Free. 4141 Bar, 4141 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Concerts

'Walk Together' benefit concerts
For these two benefit concerts entitled "Walk Together," which pay homage to Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, musicians from the African American Composer Initiative, as well as the Eastside Choir, will perform a program of jazz, classical music, spirituals, freedom songs and art music. Jan. 24 and 25, 3 p.m. $20 general; $5 senior, student. Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Teen filmmaking and acting workshop
A Theatre Near U Film Academy will offer a workshop series in film directing and acting for artists 13 to 18 years old. Students will study master filmmakers and then, using their work as a model, make original pieces with their peers. No class will be held on Jan. 18 or Feb. 15. Sundays, Jan. 11-March 1, 2-5 p.m. $300 filmmaker; $150 actor. Cubberley Community Center, Room G7, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Los Altos Reiki Center classes
The Los Altos Reiki Center will offer two classes on the art of Reiki, which aims to reduce stress and enhance health and happiness through a gentle touch. Call or visit the website for more info. Jan. 11 (Reiki 1) and Jan. 25 (Reiki 2), 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $200 Reiki 1; $225 Reiki 2. Los Altos Reiki Center, 745 Distel Drive, Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Land and Sea'
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display a solo exhibit of oil paintings of Bay Area landscapes and seascapes by local artist Bonnie Hicks. Nov. 25-Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Art Squared'
Viewpoints Gallery will hold an all-gallery group show in January called "Art Squared," featuring the work of 15 local artists in oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media and ceramics. Jan. 8-30, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'The Libation Bearers'
Dragon Productions Theatre Company will stage the Greek tragedy by Aeschylus "The Libation Bearers," in which siblings Orestes and Electra seek vengeance for their father Agamemnon's death at the hands of their mother, Clytemnestra. Jan. 15-Feb. 1, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $22. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Eurydice'
The Palo Alto Players will put on a production directed by Jeffrey Lo of the play "Eurydice," a contemporary re-imagining of the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus that explores themes of memory, love and loss. The play is recommended for viewers ages 12 and older. Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $31-$45. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Here & There'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display a solo exhibit called "Here & There" of watercolor paintings by Suej McCall, inspired by the local artist's travels. Jan. 2-Feb. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
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.

Benefits/Fundraisers

The Beginner's School fundraiser
The Beginner's School, a free online art school founded by Phil Shemanski of Los Altos, is holding an online fundraising campaign with the goal of adding a sculpture course to its offerings. Visit the website for more info. Through Feb. 5. Donations requested. , , Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Junie B. Jones, The Musical'
Palo Alto Children's Theatre will stage a production of "Junie B. Jones, The Musical," which follows the adventures of the titular character in first grade. Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 22-Feb. 8, see website for specific dates and times. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Main Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'2 Pianos 4 Hands'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "2 Pianos 4 Hands," a comic coming-of-age story about two piano students who fall just short of stardom. Featured music ranges from Bach and Beethoven to Scott Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis. See website for specific times, dates and pricing. Jan. 14-Feb. 8. $19-$74; discounts available for educators, seniors, those age 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Movements for Change'
The Peterson Gallery at Stanford will mount an exhibit of photography by Bob Fitch called "Movements for Change," which captures moments in American civil rights history, farm workers organizing and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibit is accessible daily, except for some holidays. Nov. 20-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

Exhibits

EcoCenter winter hours
The Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter will change its open schedule to winter hours beginning Jan. 3. Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 3-Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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

'Museum of American Heritage: A to Z'
The exhibit, "Museum of American Heritage: A to Z," will show off the breadth and depth of the museum's collection of electrical and mechanical inventions -- including some objects rarely shown to the public. Oct. 10-March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Loose in Some Real Tropics'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "'Loose in Some Real Tropics': Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon' Project, 1969-1970," which shares and documents Rauschenberg's lithographs, drawings, photographs and correspondence from his participation in the NASA Art Program capturing the Apollo 11 mission. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 24-March 16, 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.
 

Exhibits

'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Anishnaabe artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Sensual Splendor'
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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, 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.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Stanford University public worship
Stanford's Memorial Church, an important center of spiritual and ceremonial life throughout the university's history, offers weekly services that are open to the public. Sundays, year-round, 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.