This week, head to Menlo Park for an outdoor movie night at a pop-up park, catch Dave Matthews Band at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre and weigh in on the future of public art in Palo Alto.
'Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My ... !'
There are many ways to make it onto the New York Times' best-seller list. For Adam Mansbach, the secret lay in writing a bedtime story not for kids, but for their parents: 2011's "Go the F--- to Sleep" (Google it for a priceless video of Samuel L. Jackson reading the book aloud). Now, Mansbach has teamed up with comedy writer and producer Alan Zweibel to pen "Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My ... !," a middle-grades novel involving a stupid extra-credit assignment, a really embarrassing stepfather and a very surprising pen pal. Mansbach and Zweibel will appear at Menlo Park's Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Join them for an evening of beer, snacks and laugh-out-loud humor. You might want to leave the kids at home for this one. Tickets are $10. Go to keplers.com or call 650-324-4321.
Public art planning
Want to help shape the future of public art in Palo Alto? Bring your ideas and visions to the next Public Art Master Plan community outreach meeting, held at Palo Alto's downtown library, 270 Forest Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend. Go to goo.gl/p6liiP or call 650-329-2227.
Dave Matthews Band
The Dave Matthews Band has enjoyed one of the healthiest fan bases of any modern rock band -- and the fandom lives on. DMB plays Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $89. Go to theshorelineamphitheatre.com.
San Mateo County History Museum
Ever wonder about the history of this region? On the first Friday of every month, the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, opens its doors for free. On Friday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can learn about the history of the region from the time of the Native Americans to the era of big tech. Playing in the Past: a preschool activity hour starts at 11 a.m.
A docent-led museum tour begins at 2 p.m. Go to goo.gl/OrVyT7 or call 650-299-0104.
Ballet open house
Kids love to dance, and on Friday, Sept. 11, they can dance for free at Palo Alto's Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, #G6. Between 10:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., the Silicon Valley Ballet School will be offering an open house in which kids age 10 and under can participate or observe. Costumed dancers from the professional company will also perform. Go to balletsj.org, email email@example.com or call 408-288-2820, ext. 223.
'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Head to downtown Menlo Park on Friday, Sept. 4, to watch a group of intergalactic criminals try to stop a fanatical warrior from taking over the universe. The 2014 film "Guardians of the Galaxy" will screen for free at 7:45 p.m. at the new pop-up park on Chestnut Street at Santa Cruz Avenue. BYO chair or blanket and snacks. Go to goo.gl/T7uM7v.