'The Science of Star Wars'
How does the science of sci-fi and fantasy measure up against, well, actual science? Astronomer Seth Shostak will give a family-friendly talk on "The Science of Star Wars: The Lowdown on Space Travel, Aliens, and the Force" on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Shostak will discuss the plausibility of a future in which multi-world space travel, extraterrestrial encounters and interplanetary conflicts in galaxies far, far away exist, and examine what the "Star Wars" franchise gets right or wrong, scientifically speaking. The lecture is free; parking at Foothill is $3. Go to Foothill.
Live bats at the library
Bats are more than just motifs for Halloween decorations and spooky sidekicks. The adorable, nocturnal, winged mammals play a crucial role in the ecosystem, munching up insects by the thousands. NorCal Bats, a group dedicated to the protection and rescue of native bat species, as well as to the education of humans about these fascinating creatures, will bring live bats to all of the branches of the Redwood City Library this month so patrons can get an up-close lesson in Bats 101. The bats will visit the Schaberg branch on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4:30 p.m.; the Fair Oaks branch on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m.; the Downtown branch on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m.; and the Redwood Shores branch on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Go to Redwood City Library.
Photographer Robert Buelteman, who grew up in Woodside, has been capturing the local landscape through his dreamy photography for more than four decades. He will be the featured guest at this month's Woodside's Arts and Culture Committee First Friday event on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. (light refreshments served at 6:45 p.m.) at the Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, where he will present an illustrated artist's talk and offer books for sale. The event is free. Go to Town of Woodside.
Arts open house
Stanford's Bing Concert Hall turns inside out for a free day of arts activities for all ages in its lobby and studio on Sunday, Oct. 9, starting at 1 p.m. The schedule includes crafts for kids, a "roving circus," food trucks, and performances and presentations by Oriki Theater, the Mural, Music, and Arts Project, the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band, student singer/songwriter Maya Burke, Cardinal Calypso, and The Brothers Comatose Americana/bluegrass band, plus a chance to meet new Stanford Live Director Chris Lorway. Go to Stanford Live.
The Coffee Shop & Music Lounge
Starting this month, Bethany Lutheran Church (1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park) will transform into a new weekly music venue: The Coffee Shop & Music Lounge, featuring free, all-ages performances by local musicians each Sunday as well as offering refreshments on a donation basis. This Sunday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m., Eddy Dyno will perform, followed by Holly Smolik on Sunday, Oct. 16. Go to Facebook page.
By popular demand, EnActe Arts is again staging the witty, intellectual romantic comedy "Chaos Theory" by Anuvab Pal, about two academics who first meet in 1960s Delhi and whose paths continue to tangle, across the continents and decades. Performances (directed by EnActe founder Vinita Sud Belani) will be held Oct. 14 (8 p.m.) and 15 (6 p.m.) at Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $18-$100. Go to EnActe Arts.