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Maxine Hong Kingston, Einstein, Speed and Sound

Here are the top five things to do today in Menlo Park, California.

Maxine Hong Kingston at Kepler's

What does it feel like to turn 65?  Noted author Maxine Hong Kingston tells us in her latest book tonight at Kepler's. Kingston’s swift, effortlessly flowing verse lines feel instantly natural in this fresh approach to the art of memoir, as she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her long marriage “Can’t divorce until we get it right. / Love, that is. Get love right” to her arrest at a peace march in Washington, where she and her "sisters" protested the Iraq war in the George W. Bush years.  Maxine Hong Kingston tonight, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at  Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real. For more information, call Pam Grange at (650) 324-4321 or e-mail pam@keplers.com.

Einstein's Universe

For a unique performance and learning experience, go tomorrow night to the performance of Einstein’s Universe: The Scientist, the Man, the Musician at the  SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Physicist Brian Foster and musician Jack Liebeck come together for this free special lecture, interspersed with classical music, which explores Einstein’s legacy to physics and the role music played in his life.

After the 90-minute performance, guests will have an opportunity to speak to the performers and enjoy refreshments. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at tinyurl.com/EinsteinsUniverse.  All adults (18 and older) are required to show a valid photo ID at the Main SLAC Gate on Sand Hill Road upon entrance. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Kreitz, (650) 926-4385 or email pkreitz@slac.stanford.edu.

And even more at SLAC, Accelator Science for the 21st Century

We live in an exciting time wherein many traditional acceleration methods are fast reaching their ultimate limits. Against this backdrop, several major breakthroughs in advanced accelerator research promise either a revolution in approach, or, at least a radical change in direction. For accelerator science, this transformation could be as dramatic as was that from classical- to quantum-mechanics.

If you are not sure what all this means, but would like to know a bit more, you can sit in on a colloquim today at 4:15 p.m. in the Panofsky Auditorium at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road.  All adults are required to show a valid photo ID at the Main SLAC Gate upon entrance.  For more information call (650) 926-2204.

Tuesday Tea

Take a look at (or a listen to) the History of Recorded Sound at Little House today with Jerry McBride, Head Librarian at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound.
Did you know that the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound is one of only five major U.S. sound archives and is the preeminent sound archive on the west coast? The archive houses over 300,000 items of historical significance. McBride will talk about some of them, 2 p.m. in the Little House Auditorium, $2 for members, $3 for non-members. Little House is at 800 Middle Ave. For more information contact Dea Smeed at (650) 326-2025, ext. 221 or email her at dsmeed@peninsulavolunteers.org.

Cooking Class for Pre-Teens at Draeger's

There's a class coming up this weekend at Draeger's Cooking School for a select group of people — those who are between the ages of 1o and 12! They'll learn how to prepare some fun favorites — macaroni and cheese, mini-beef Wellingtons and baked Alaska.  The class meets Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Draeger's Cooking School. The fee is $65. cooking school is at 1010 University Drive.Call (650) 685-3704 to register.

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