Winnie Brave, a "porch stompin' Americana/Roots duo" comprised of Canadian husband-and-wife team Amy (vocals/guitar) and Brad (bass/percussion/keys) McIsaac, will bring their act to Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View for a free show on Friday, April 1. With their two dogs, two guitars, two amplifiers and two favorite coffee mugs, the couple tours full time from a trusty 1976 Winnebago. Go to Winnie Brave.
Eight local authors will present their work at the The Palo Alto City Library's free Local Authors Fair at the Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Sunday, April 3, 2-5 p.m. The authors, including SuAnn and Kevin Kiser ("Sherman the Sheep"); Jacqueline Stewart ("Parks and Gardens in Greater Paris") and John Orr ("Someone Dark Has Found Me"), are all part of the library's Local Interest Collection, for books set in Palo Alto or written by Palo Alto authors. Go to Palo Alto Library.
Sugar-plantation slavery during the 18th and 19th centuries is the focus of "Blood in the Sugar Bowl," an exhibit opening April 6 at Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. The exhibit will feature sugar bowls and volumes from Stanford University Libraries Special Collections, including plantation views and slave narratives, and will be open Wednesdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m.; admission is free. Go to Stanford Arts.
Stanford University physicist Dr. Tom Abel will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on "How Things in the Universe Came About and How They Ended Up Within Us" on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Abel will discuss the early stages of the universe, using the latest computer animations of how the first stars formed and died, and how stars built up the first galaxies. The event is free; parking is $3. Go to Foothill College.
'D.I.Y. Catskills Jewish Jokefest'
Tell a joke and have a chuckle at the D.I.Y. Catskills Jewish Jokefest on Saturday, April 2, at the Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Adults age 21 and older are invited to share jokes, with bragging rights given to the best and worst knee-slappers. Admission is $15 general; $10 joke tellers and includes a drink ticket and dessert. The yuk-fest starts runs 7-10 p.m. Go to Palo Alto JCC.
Los Altos Stage Company will produce "Catch-22," a play based on Joseph Heller's classic novel about a man desperate to find a way out of the absurdity of war. The show runs April 7-May 1, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. $18-$36, at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Go to Los Altos Stage Company.