Staff Picks

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HELPING HANDS

Merging art, technology and medicine, the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents "Inside Rodin's Hands," an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of French sculptor Auguste Rodin's bronze works of the hand. It all began when Dr. James Chang visited the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford as an undergrad. Read more

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TIME MACHINE TRIP

Timekeeping has come a long way since the sundial, the Egyptians' preferred method for measuring time. For a fascinating look at the evolution of keeping time, from 3500 BC to date, head to Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage. Read more

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ARTISTS ENCLAVE

While exploring California's early folk art, raise a toast to Delight Merner, a talented, 1930s-era decorator with a keen sense of color. She and her husband Garfield bought land in 1929, intent on creating "a serene and beautiful workplace for artists; to encourage the crafting of handsome objects for everyday use; and to support all peasant or folk art, especially that of early California." Read more

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STAR WARS SCIENCE

Hey, this is the birthplace of tech innovation but that doesn't mean we're without a few star-studded side effects. Head over to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose to see "The Science of Star Wars," a fun, futuristic exhibit exploring that galaxy far, far away. Read more

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CRAFT & COMFORT

Why not go take a stroll through Menlo Park's Allied Arts Guild and maybe do a little shopping? The Guild is a collection of studios and galleries housed in a Spanish Mission-style complex that was founded in the 1920s, as documented then by a local photographer you might have heard of, Ansel Adams. Read more

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BAYOU IN THE BAY

Alligator dumplings, boiled crawfish, andouille and boudin&#226Â?¦.yes, there's a little bit of the Big Easy right here in Palo Alto. The place, naturally, is named NOLA and it was recently voted "the hottest bar in the Silicon Valley" by Fortune magazine. Read more

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PICK A PAGE TURNER

Do you ever long to flip through the pages of a good old-fashioned book? Believe it or not, right here at the epicenter of technological invention thrives Kepler's Books and Magazines, one of the country's most revered independent bookstores. Read more