• Children's theater: 'Androcles and the Lion'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre presents a theatrical retelling of the Aesop fable "Androcles and the Lion" tonight (July 28) through July 31 at 6:30 p.m. The performances are outdoors, with hot dogs for sale, on the Roy A. Ginsburg Magic Castle Stage at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 650-463-4930 or go to cityofpaloalto.org.
• Author: Lisa Gardner
Tonight (July 28) at 7 p.m., Lisa Gardner gives a free author talk about her suspense book "Live to Tell" at Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. The prolific author's books often explore police procedure and forensics. Also, State Sen. Joe Simitian will be presenting Books Inc. with "small business of the year" award. Call 650-321-0600 or go to www.booksinc.net.