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Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival

Take a tour of Asia through music and cultural activities during Stanford University's Pan-Asian Music Festival, Feb. 19-20. The festival is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of music in contemporary Asia, and will feature local artists representing music from Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Japan. They will be joined by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra from China in a collaborative finale. The festival starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Cost is $30 general, $20 student and $10 Stanford student with ID. Go to Pan-Asian Music Festival.

Great American Songbook

California Pops Orchestra's next show on Sunday, Feb. 21, at Foothill College's Smithwick Theatre will be a tribute to great American songwriters, lyricists and composers, including Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Cab Calloway and Harold Arlen. Pianist Frederick Hodges and singer Carly Honfi will make an appearance. Show starts at 3 p.m. Cost is $20-48. Smithwick Theatre is located at 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Go to CalPops.

Lecture: Queer Mannerism'

Stanford University professors Richard Meyer, Terry Castle, and Ivan Lupic will host a panel discussion on queer visuality in Mannerist prints at the Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford , on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The panel will highlight works in the Cantor's exhibition Myth, Allegory, and Faith: The Kirk Edward Long Collection of Mannerist Prints. Lecture starts at 5:30 p.m. Go to Stanford Events.

Ballet: 'Fairy Tales and Fantasy'

BYU Theatre Ballet will bring the stories of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland out of the storybook and onto the stage during its production of "Fairy Tales and Fantasy," on Saturday, Feb. 20, 7-9 p.m, at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Young princes and princesses can meet the ballet company and take photos before the performance and during intermission, children are invited onstage to meet and dance with the performers. Cost is $18-$35. Go to BYU Theatre Ballet.

Live music: Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass

Immerse yourself in powerful and soulful blues with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass at the Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St. on Saturday, Feb. 20. Advance tickets cost $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12.50 for students. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Go to Redwood Bluegrass Association.

Film: 'This Changes Everything'

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center will hold a movie night with the free screening of "This Changes Everything" on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m., at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Avi Lewis's film is based on the book by Naomi Klein, and offers an attempt to re-imagine the challenge of climate change. A discussion led by Debbie Mytels will be held after the movie. The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center will hold a movie night with a screening of "This Changes Everything," a film by Avi Lewis based on the book by Naomi Klein. With portions filmed in nine countries and on five continents, the movie offers an epic attempt to re-imagine the challenge of climate change. A discussion after the film will be led by Debbie Mytels. Go to PPJC.

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