Dec. 12 6:45 pm | LASER (Leonardo Arts/Science Evening Rendezvous)
The LASER series provides a snapshot of the region’s cultural environment and fosters interdisciplinary networking. Each evening presents four artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, scholars who are working on paradigm shifts. Dec. 12 speakers include: Jennifer Parker (UC Santa Cruz) presenting works created by artists and scientists from the UCSC OpenLab Network; Jennifer Dionne (Stanford) discussing a nanofuture of invisible objects and teleportation; Audrey Shafer (Stanford) introducing Medical Humanities, a program merging Medicine and Art; Mark Wagner (artist) explaining how street painting can create community through impermanent art.
Dec. 14 8pm | Annual Messiah Sing & Play Along
Join a thousand campus and community members in Stanford’s annual celebration of Handel’s masterwork in Memorial Church! Vocal scores will be available for purchase at the door before the concert; orchestral parts will be provided.
Stanford Memorial Church. Free-$10.
(650) 723-3811 or http://arts.stanford.edu/event/messiah-sing-play-along/
Dec. 15 10am | Plant oaks on the “Dish” hill
Add trees along a recreational route enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Volunteers make new friends, learn about local eco-systems, enjoy the out-of-doors, exercise, and work for common good. If you want to plant trees, the organizers ask that you commit to at least one watering session. These take place one weekday evening per week from May through October. Free.
(650) 323-7333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter break | Cantor Arts Center is open regular hours
Opening on December is 12 The Jameel Prize, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s international art prize awarded to a contemporary artist or designer inspired by traditions of Islamic craft and design. Ten artists and designers were shortlisted and the winner Rachid Koraïchi was announced on September 12, 2011. The exhibition will display works ranging from felt costumes to sculpture made from hand-made terracotta bricks, and from mirror mosaic to digital collages inspired by traditional Persian miniature paintings.
Free. (650) 723-4177 or http://arts.stanford.edu/event/the-jameel-prize-2011/2012-12-12/