A&E Digest: Stanford Live announces new season, Kepler's launches radio show and more

This week's A&E news

In this week's A&E news, Stanford Live announces its 2015/2016 season line-up, Kepler's Books launches a new radio program and Palo Alto hosts the 2015 Greenlight Film Festival.

NEW SEASON OF LIVE ART ... Stanford Live has announced the line-up for its 2015/2016 season. Among the artists coming to campus beginning in September are contemporary figures like Montreal-based DJ and music producer Kid Koala and New York modern dance choreographer Larry Keigwin, who will present an original work inspired by the culture of Silicon Valley. Also on the calendar are vocalist and Mexican cultural icon Eugenia León, The Silk Road Ensemble and jazz greats Chick Coreo and Béla Fleck. Playwright Anna Deavere Smith will give three performances as part of Stanford Live's new "Live Context: Art + Ideas" series, while the "War: Return and Recovery" series includes an appearance by Oakland-based AXIS Dance Company, whose members include dancers with physical disabilities. To see the full 2015/2016 season calendar, go to live.stanford.edu.

KEPLER'S HOSTS RADIO SHOW ... In honor of its 60th anniversary, Menlo Park's Kepler's Books (1010 El Camino Real) has launched a new weekly radio show hosted by journalist Angie Coiro. "In Deep with Angie Coiro" will be recorded live at the bookstore every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and will soon be nationally syndicated. Each week will feature a respected writer or thinker for a discussion of news, politics or culture. The show will also incorporate audience questions and comments. Upcoming guests include Dr. Lynn Ingram, author of "The West Without Water" (April 29), and Andrew Keen, author of "The Internet is Not the Answer" (May 20). Suggestions for topics or guests can be emailed to keplers@indeepradio.com. For more information and a schedule of shows, go to keplers.com or call 650-324-4321.

ECO-FRIENDLY FILMS ... On Thursday, April 23, swing by Palo Alto's Cubberley Community Center (4000 Middlefield Road) to catch the 10th annual Greenlight Film Festival. The event explores environmental stewardship through the medium of film, and includes works by winning adolescent filmmakers from the Midpeninsula alongside general entrants. Sponsored by the Midpen Media Center, the festival aims to help both teens and adults use video as a tool for teaching and inspiring viewers to take positive action to protect the environment. The free event takes place on Thursday, April 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. Out of 52 entries, 11 finalists' films will be shown, winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded. To learn more, go to midpenmedia.org or call 650-494-8686.

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The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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