Worth a Look



'A Universe of Maps'

Find your way to a celebration of wayfinding. An exhibit featuring a plethora of rare and intriguing maps, marking the opening of Stanford University's new David Rumsey Map Center, will be on display through August 31 at Green Library's Bing Wing (in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda on the second floor, and in the David Rumsey Map Center on the fourth floor), 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford. Open hours are Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the second floor and Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. for the Map Center. Highlights include a first-edition map of Lewis and Clark's westward journey, a tactile atlas made for the blind and the iconic map of the London Underground transit system. Admission is free, but visitors without Stanford IDs must register at entrance. The exhibit is also viewable online. Go to [hhtp://library.stanford.edu/spc/exhibits Stanford Libraries.


'American Umpire'

The California premiere of the documentary "American Umpire," about foreign policy and the role of the United States as the world's security guard, will take place Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the History Corner (Building 200), Room 2 (lower level), on the Stanford University campus. Admission is free. The film was made by Stanford graduate Elizabeth Cobbs and features narration from PBS' Jim Lehrer, along with interviews with academics, policy makers, journalists and military leaders. For more information, including a trailer, go to American Umpire.


Redwood City Restaurant Week

Stomach growling? Many eateries in downtown Redwood City will be offering special multi-course menus in celebration of the city's Restaurant Week, April 21-27. From Vietnamese comfort food to gastropubs, tapas and craft cocktails, there's something for every palate. Go to Restaurant Week.

Classical music

California Bach Society

The California Bach Society, a 30-voice chorus, will perform an all-Bach concert, including the elaborate double-choir motets "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing unto the Lord a new song)" and "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (The Spirit gives aid to our weakness)," the motet "Jesu, meine Freude (Jesus, my joy)" and other pieces on Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Tickets are $33 (discounts for advance purchase, seniors, students and people under age 30). Go to CalBach.

Earth Day

Portola Valley/Woodside Earth Fair '16

The Portola Valley Town Center will hold a free Earth Day celebration, including live music; workshops; giveaways; information about food waste, recycling, water and energy conservation; electric cars and more on Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Go to Portola Valley.

Benefit concert

'Rooted in Jazz'

Palo Alto's San Andreas Singers, an a cappella five-piece who perform a mix of harmony-rich music from the jazz and contemporary genres, will sing at "Rooted in Jazz," an Earth Day concert benefiting Canopy's tree-planting and tree-care programs, on Sunday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Suggested donation is $25; refreshments will be served. Go to Canopy.

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