Worth a Look



'White Power: A Comedy'

Thao P. Nguyen's new solo show, "White Power: A Comedy," will be performed at Stanford University's Nitery Theater, 514 Lasuen Mall, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 4-6, at 7 p.m. The free show, presented by Stanford Theater & Performance Studies Graduate Student Repertory, tackles the issue of cultural appropriation with storytelling and slapstick humor. Nguyen began a doctoral program in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in the fall of 2014. Her performance will be part of a double feature with "The House on Mango Street," a theatrical adaptation of Sandra Cisneros' novel. Go to thaosolo.com.


'Fur, Fins and Feathers'

The work of students and faculty from the Community School of Music and Arts' Art4Schools Program will be on display at an annual art exhibit in the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St., through Feb. 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free exhibition features more than 500 pieces of artwork (based on the "fur, fins and feathers" theme) from more than 20 local elementary schools. Go to arts4all.org/study/cityshow.htm.


Author & illustrator fair

The winners of the Orion School's Author and Illustrator Contest (who are featured in a book available on Amazon.com) will present their works at the school's 14th annual Author & Illustrator Fair on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the school, 815 Allerton St., Redwood City. The fair is free but there will be food, coffee and books for purchase, with all sales benefiting the school's library. There will also be activities for kids. Go to rcsd.k12.ca.us/domain/626.


Yann Martel in conversation with Tamim Ansary

The author of the bestselling novel "Life of Pi," Yann Martel will be at Menlo Park's Kepler's on Wednesday, Feb. 10, to talk about his new novel, "The High Mountains of Portugal," which takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through the last century. Martel will be interviewed by Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary. The discussion starts at 7:30 p.m. Kepler's is located at 1010 El Camino Real. Go to keplers.com/event/premier-event-yann-martel.


'We are in a Play!'

Parents and local kids are likely familiar with the work of Mo Willems, the author/illustrator of critically acclaimed animated shows and beloved children's literature, including "Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus." Willems' "Elephant & Piggie" series, which follows best friends Gerald the elephant and Piggie, is now playing at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre in the form of "Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are In A Play!'" The show runs through Feb. 14 at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $12-$14. Go to fopact.org/.


Seeing red

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Los Alto's Gallery 9 is showcasing different artwork by 30 local artists, focusing on the symbolic meaning of the color red. The free exhibit, appropriately titled "Red," features a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry and ceramics, and will be on display for the entire month of February, Tuesday-Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. Gallery 9 is located at 143 Main St. Go to gallery9losaltos.com.

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Short story writers wanted!

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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