Alethea Ballard, whose quilting style expanded to include appliqués, paint and other mediums, will be the featured artist at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley’s exhibit opening Thursday entitled “Quirkology of Quilts: Warmth to Whimsy.” The exhibit will run through Sept. 25. “For me, the fabric is the inspiration,” the Walnut Creek-based teacher said. The museum showcases a quilting exhibit every other year, digging into their trove of archives for quilts as well as gathering new ones for display. But this year, the emphasis is more on the form and less on the function.
Peninsula Museum of Art, “Andrew Voogel: Record of Exile,” through Jan, 26, Shan Shan Sheng, Jan, 25 through April 5, Artist talk: exhibitors Shan Shan Sheng, vintage swan lake ballerina charm slide bracelet-ballet sean lake theme bracelet Wanxin Zheng, Ming Ren, and Eun Lee for the 2015 Lunar New Year of the Sheep, 1-4 p.m, Feb, 15, Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, 11 a.m, to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, Free admission, 650-692-2101 or www.peninsulamuseum.org, Kepler’s Books, Nir Eyal, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” 7:30 p.m, Jan, 22, Elizabeth Svoboda, “What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness,” 7:30 p.m, Jan, 26, Launch: Jan Ellison, “A Small Indiscretion,” in conversation with Ann Packer, 7:30 p.m, Jan, 27, Premier event: Armistead Maupin, “The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City),” 7:30 p.m, Jan, 28, tickets available at Kepler’s and online at Brown Paper Tickets, Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, www.keplers.com or 650-324-4321..
The “NCIS” cast member who plays Timothy McGee, continues, “I’d put on shows for my parents when they’d get home in the afternoon. I’d be rehearsing something. I’d come up with costumes and music and put on these little shows, just like my daughter does now — which is so funny. “She’s doing a lot of theater in school because she loves doing it. She’s not aware that there’s a business attached to it. So for me, that couldn’t be better. People say, ‘You don’t want your daughter to be an actress.’ I say, ‘I want my daughter to be happy. I care about her being happy more than anything.’.
Insiders: 1-2 p.m, Jan, 28, Adults with disabilities can enjoy a laid-back setting in the library for enrichment and fun, Events differ each month and vary from arts and crafts, enjoying music and dance, and playing games on the Wii, Concord Mystery Book vintage swan lake ballerina charm slide bracelet-ballet sean lake theme bracelet Club: 2:30 p.m, the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group, On Dec, 14, the discussion will be on “A Marked Man,” by Barbara Hamilton, Concord Library Book Club: 6:30-7:45 Dec, 18, Adults meet the third Thursday of the month for a book group, On Dec, 18, the discussion is on “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee..
Two of the three characters in “The Brothers Size” also appear in the first play in the “Brother/Sister” trilogy, “In the Red and Brown Water,” and there’s a little discussion of characters from the other play, but you don’t have to be familiar with any of that to appreciate this story. Oshoosi Size (a charming, playful Terrance White) is recently out of prison and staying with his elder brother Ogun (Deleon Dallas, stern and thoughtful). Ogun is always sternly chiding Oshoosi to work and stay out of trouble, but all the younger brother wants to do is drive around, pick up women and hang out with his prison buddy Elegba (William H.P. in a soulful, yearning portrayal), who’s downright doting in his devotion to his friend. And somewhere out there, unseen, there’s a police officer just waiting for them to slip up.