This week, check out cutting-edge technological innovations in Mountain View, catch "Romeo and Juliet" in Redwood City and hear jazz great Charles Lloyd perform at Stanford.
Sure, you live in the heart of the Silicon Valley, but do you actually know what kinds of technology are being developed here? Now, there's a chance to find out. On Thursday, Aug. 13, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., head over to Mountain View's Center Plaza at 500 Castro St. to check out innovative new tech products and programs, all of which were designed and developed locally. Among them are an electronic skateboard from Boosted Boards, a crime-busting robot by Knightscope and Google's new prototype of an entirely autonomous self-driving car. The event will include live demonstrations and a chance to connect with tech entrepreneurs. Gourmet food trucks will be on-site courtesy of Curbsidr. The technology showcase is free, but preregistration is requested; go to chambermv.org/techshowcase.
Looking for a tranquil spot in the midst of the daily bustle? Look no further than the Stanford University campus, where the Windhover Contemplative Center at 370 Santa Teresa St. is now open for free public tours every Saturday at 11 a.m. There, you can admire the paintings of the late art professor, Nathan Oliveira, and relax in the peaceful gardens. Go to events.stanford.edu.
A legend on the tenor saxophone, American jazz great Charles Lloyd comes to the Stanford Jazz Festival this summer with a special program. Lloyd will play Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15-$120. Go to live.stanford.edu or call 650-724-2464.
'Romeo and Juliet'
"Two households, both alike in dignity" come to Redwood City this summer when the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings "Romeo and Juliet" to the grounds of Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster St. The free performances run Saturday, Aug. 8, 15 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 9, 16 and 23, at 4 p.m. Go to sfshakes.org or call 415-558-0888.
'The Ghost Valley's Treasure Mysteries'
A poor farmer in Iran discovers an ancient burial chamber beneath his field. Not really, but that's the plot of this satirical 1974 film, screening at Stanford's Geology Corner, Bldg., 320, Room 105, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public. Go to events.stanford.edu.
'East Meets West'
Mandarin, Cantonese and English meet in the work of Hong Kong composer Dr. Sheung-Ping Lai. Her choral work, "Tang Poems," will have its world premiere when Bay Area-based Voices of the Valley performs it at Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 3:15 p.m. The composer will also give a pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12-$15. Go to voicesofthevalley.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.