By Matt Wilson, @wilsonstcomms

Classics of Soviet Cinema: Gather comrades for a night of classic Soviet film at the Cantor Arts Center Auditorium at Stanford! On Thursday, February 1, at 6 p.m. there will be a showing of “The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty,” a 90-minute film with music from the silent era. It concludes with a Q&A session with a Stanford professor. The “Classics of Soviet Cinema 1927 – 1938” series is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “The Crown Under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution,” on view through March 4 in the Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery. The Cantor Arts Center Auditorium and Stanford are near the Palo Alto Caltrain Station. From there, you can take a peaceful, less than one-mile walk down Palm Drive alongside the famed Arboretum and Lausen groves.

Free is the magic word this Friday: The San Mateo County History Museum continues its “Free First Fridays” program on Friday, February 2, but that’s not the only good deal for Peninsula art lovers and their young ones. In addition to free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a free art program for children and tours at 2 p.m. for all. At 11 a.m., preschool children can do a free art project inspired by the Lunar New Year. Then museum staff will conduct a special program within its “Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County” exhibit gallery.  Youngsters will hear the story “My First Chinese New Year.” Located just steps from the Redwood City Caltrain station, the San Mateo County History Museum is at 2200 Broadway Street.

Comment on major transit plan: All Bay Area residents are invited to comment on an important regional plan between now and Wednesday, February 21. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments last week released proposed draft amendments to the long-range regional transportation and land use plan known as Plan Bay Area 2040 and to the 2017 Transportation Improvement Program that would modify the scope and projected cost of the planned U.S. Highway 101 Managed Lanes Project in San Mateo County. To review the proposed draft amendments and other materials, visit planbayarea.org/draft-amendment and click on the links in the “Related Documents” box. To comment, send an email to info@planbayarea.org or send a fax to 415-536-9800. Written comments can be addressed to MTC-ABAG Project Manager Adam Noelting at 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94015.

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