"Herbert Hoover in Poland," an exhibit about Hoover's aid efforts in the war-torn country during the last century, includes rare photos, posters, documents and film footage. The exhibit is at the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion next to Hoover Tower at Stanford University. It runs through Aug. 26, open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 650-723-3563 or go to www.hoover.org/hila.
The Kim Nalley Quintet makes Clock Tower Plaza at Stanford Shopping Center a little bluesier, a little jazzier from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The free outdoor concert is part of the Summer Jazz Series; go to www.sfjazz.org.
"Vanities," a new musical version of the long-running stage play, previews tonight and tomorrow at TheatreWorks and then runs through July 16, with shows Tuesday through Sunday. The curtain goes up at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St.; tickets are $20-$62. Call 650-903-6000 or go to www.theatreworks.org.
"IDEO Prototypes the Future," an exhibit exploring the creations of the Palo Alto design firm (including a mobile workspace that's driven like a car), opens at the Palo Alto Art Center at 1313 Newell Road. A companion exhibit looks at German lithographic labels from the 1920s and 1930s. Both shows run through Sept. 10, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5. Call 650-329-2366.
"The Art of Dining," a Tina Howe play about Americans' relationship to food, runs through July 2 at the Dragon Productions Theatre Company at 535 Alma St. in Palo Alto. Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call 650-493-2006.
"Private Lives" runs through July 2 at the Lucie Stern Theatre at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, presented by the Palo Alto Players. The 1930 Noel Coward play follows two former spouses honeymooning with their new beloveds — all at the same hotel. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2:30 on Sundays. Tickets are $22-$27. Call 650-329-0891.
"Three Little Pigs" will be performed by the Palo Alto Children's Theatre today and Friday, and then June 27 through July 1. The 6:30 p.m. "Hot Dog Suppertime Shows" are on the Roy A. Ginsburg Magic Castle Stage in the Secret Garden at the theater, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Call 650-463-4970.
Shuvaprasanna, a painter and printmaker from Calcutta, shows his works at ArtsIndia West at 535 Bryant St. in Palo Alto through July 12. The "Divine Flute" exhibit focuses on the deity Krishna. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Call 650-321-4900 or go to www.artsindia.com.
"Deuce," a drama by Palo Alto playwright Sharmon Hilfinger, opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Pear Avenue Theatre at 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, in Mountain View. The three-character play deals with the theme of escaping the currents of the past. The play runs Thursday through Sunday, through July 15; tickets are $10-$25. Call 650-254-1148 or go to www.thepear.org.
The Mid-Peninsula Shakespeare Festival closes this weekend with productions of James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter" tonight, "The Tragedy of Hamlet" tomorrow, and "The Comedy of Errors" on Sunday. The free 8 p.m. shows are outside at Mid-Peninsula High School, 1340 Willow Road in Menlo Park, presented by the Menlo Players Guild. Call 650-322-3261 or go to www.menloplayersguild.org.
A model ships exhibit is at the Museum of American Heritage through Sept. 24, including hands-on activities for children such as nautical knot-tying. The museum is at 351 Homer Ave. in Palo Alto and is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free. Call 650-321-1004 or go to www.moah.org.
The Stanford Jazz Festival holds its opening night concert tonight at 8 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, featuring the Cyrus Chestnut Trio. Pianist Chestnut brings saxophonist Donald Harrison, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, bass player Michael Hawkins and drummer Neal Smith along for the ride. Tickets are $32 general and $16 for students. Call 650-725-ARTS or go to www.stanfordjazz.org.
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To link up with some audio clips of the Stanford Jazz Festival musicians, check out Weekly arts editor Rebecca Wallace's blog. Go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com and click on Ad Libs.
A dining room in a Palo Alto senior community blooms into an art gallery and studio, with the help of some resident artists.
A review of the Palo Alto Players production of "Private Lives."
A review of "Click."