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Worth a Look: Stand-up comedy, soul and wine lounge and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, catch an evening of stand-up comedy based on the book, "Take My Spouse, Please," check out Art on the Square in Redwood City and enjoy soul music and fine wine at the Oshman Family JCC.


'Take My Spouse, Please'

Looking for a great date-night activity? For an evening of romance, cocktails and serious laughter, head to the Oshman Family JCC's Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. There, you'll find some of the best funny people in the business in a stand-up comedy performance based on comedian Dani Klein Modisett's new book, "Take My Spouse, Please." Subtitled "How to keep your marriage happy, healthy and thriving by following the rules of comedy," the book boasts accolades from the likes of Ben Stiller, while the show stars Joan Rater -- longtime producer of "Grey's Anatomy" -- and Johanna Stein of viral video "Momhead" fame, alongside Emmy Award-winning actor Dan Bucatinsky of "Scandal." Cocktails will be served. Tickets are $20-$30. For more information, go to paloaltojcc.org or call 650-223-8609.


Art on the Square

Redwood City's final Art on the Square event of the summer takes place this Friday, Aug. 28, 5-8:30 p.m., at 2200 Broadway, where you'll find paintings, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more for sale. Setting the tone will be 14-piece Michael Jackson cover band, Foreverland, who will play for two hours, starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Go to tinyurl.com/3fkbp4b or tinyurl.com/nnv9pgz.


'Dead Man's Cell Phone'

Los Altos Stage Company opens its 20th anniversary season with MacArthur "Genius" grantee Sarah Ruhls' comedy about our need to connect. "Dead Man's Cell Phone" runs Sept. 3-27 at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $18-$36. Go to losaltosstage.org or call 650-941-0551.


Soul and Wine Lounge

For a night of live music and Sonoma wines, head to Palo Alto's Oshman Family JCC's Cafe on the Square, 3921 Fabian Way, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 8:30-11 p.m. There, you can listen to the sweet, soulful voice of San Jose-based singer Steely Nash while sipping vino from Healdsburg-based Cannonball Wine Company. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Guests must be 21 and older. Go to paloaltojcc.org/events/soulwine or call 650-223-8656.


'To Kill a Mockingbird'

It's been more than 50 years since Harper Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for her 1960 novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Now, Lee is releasing "Go Set a Watchman," featuring many of the same characters. On Sunday, Aug. 30, the Menlo Park Library will host a free discussion of both books, as well as the classic film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The event takes place at Menlo Park's Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. Go to tinyurl.com/pvrphc8 or call 650-330-2500.


'Constructive Interference'

Mark your calendars for Sept. 9, when works by Stanford graduates and mid-career contemporary artists Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox will go on display at the Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Their abstract drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures will be on view until March 21. Admission is free. Go to anderson.stanford.edu or call 650-721-6055.

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