'Busytown the Musical'
It's your last chance to see Lowly Worm, Huckle Cat and more of your favorite Richard Scarry characters portrayed live on stage by local youth in “Busytown the Musical" at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre. Part of the 2016 Summer Hot Dog Season, the show runs through July 31 with one-hour performances starting at 6:30 p.m. (seating in the Secret Garden begins at 5:45 p.m.). The play is performed outdoors and families are encouraged to wear layers in case of chilly temperatures, sit on a blanket, and either bring a picnic or browse the concessions on offer from Opa - Authentic Greek Cuisine. Tickets are $12-$14. The Children's Theatre is located at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road; Palo Alto. Go to PACT.
'Children of Nicaragua'
Sometimes, a camera can change a life. The nonprofit organization Empowerment International offers a photography-club program for impoverished children in Nicaragua, with the goal of helping them stay interested/involved in school. Two of the students who've participated in the program will share some of their photography work and discuss how the program has impacted them at an event co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Camera Club and the City of Palo Alto. The presentation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Go to Palo Alto Camera Club.
Harry Potter release parties
Desperate to get your fix of J.K. Rowling's magic but can't make it to London to see the new play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?" Never fear, because local bookstores are celebrating the publication of the play's script with release parties full of Hogwarts-worthy activities and fun. At Kepler's (1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park), discover Harry Potter-themed crafts, games, trivia and more from 10 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 30 (July 31 is Harry's birthday, don't you know?). Each book purchase of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" ($32.69) will admit two people to the party. Or head to Books Inc (74 Town & Country, 855 El Camino Real) all day to find themed games, treats, and crafts (with 20 percent of proceeds made from pre-orders of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" benefitting Addison Elementary School). Go to Books Inc and Keplers.
'African Artists as Innovators'
Ongoing at the Cantor Arts Center, the free, student-curated exhibit 'African Artists as Innovators' features the rich history of innovation in African art and the work of artists of African descent, including pieces ranging from thousands of years old to contemporary. The exhibit is located in the Thomas K. Seligman Gallery of the arts center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, and is open during regular museum hours, every day but Tuesday. Go to Cantor Arts Center.
'Sea-ing is Believing'
Redwood City has rolled out another in its series of 3-D Magic Lantern Light Shows, in which colorful, animated imagery by artist Bart Kresa is projected onto the face of the San Mateo County History Museum on Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, accompanied by music. This time, the dazzling display has an aquatic theme, and is shown on Tuesday evenings through October (times vary depending on sunset; see online for schedule). Go to Visit RWC.