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April 14-15: Storm Large, Jonathon Keats, CubaCaribe Festival, S.F. Gay Men’s Chorus, Gil Shaham, Cage, Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances, New Opera NYC

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Julia Lima performs in “Iolanta,” presented by New Opera NYC in its first Bay Area appearance, at Fort Mason on Friday and Saturday. (Courtesy Dai Weisi)
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THURSDAY, APRIL 14

Storm Large: The bold vocalist of Pink Martini and TV’s “Rock Star: Supernova” fame opens a three-night engagement in The City. [8 p.m,, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Jonathon Keats: The writer discusses “You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future,” which he describes as “a compelling call” to apply the inventor-visionary’s creative problem-solving methods to present-day challenges. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

CubaCaribe Festival: The 12th annual event, three weeks of Caribbean dance and music performances, classes, film screenings, lectures and celebrations in San Francisco and Oakland, begins with a presentation by Haitian percussionist Daniel Brevil. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Asia Pacific Studies Symposium: USF’s Center for Asia Pacific Studies’ two-day conference is titled “Negotiating Identities: Mixed-Race Individuals in China, Japan, and Korea.” [10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., McLaren Conference Center, Room 250, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

S.F. Gay Men’s Chorus: The 300-voice group’s 38th spring concert includes excerpts from 1996’s “NakedMan” and 2013’s “I Am Harvey Milk” with special guest Armistead Maupin and the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Gil Shaham: The violin virtuoso performs J.S. Bach’s Six Sonatas & Partitas in a program called “Six Solos,” featuring films by David Michalek. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Durant Avenue, UC Berkeley campus]

Cage: Performers Under Stress’ production of Tar Gracesdóttir’s play, described as a “shocking behind-the-scenes romp in which a zookeeper, a docent, an animal behaviorist and a mental health professional clash over the proper protocol for a conflicted anteater,” opens in previews, [8 p.m., Mojo Theater, 2940 16th St., S.F.]

Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances: The installation by Mariana Castillo Deball — artifacts which present a vision of archaeology that acknowledges ghosts, double visions and multiple versions of history — opens with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Walter and McBean Galleries, S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, APRIL 15

New Opera NYC: The New York-based opera company debuts in The City with an evening of Russian opera featuring “Boris Godunov” and “Iolanta.” [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Chuck Prophet, Garland Jeffreys: Clever, catchy, no-nonsense Bay Area rocker Prophet and his band The Mission Express play a set and back Jeffreys (who was Lou Reed’s college roommate). [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Circus Center Cabaret: “Take Me Away,” a show featuring contemporary circus acts, chanteuse Leanne Borghesi and the Roger Glenn Trio, opens a two-night run. [8 p.m., 755 Frederick St., S.F.]

The DMA’s: One critic at South by Southwest said, “DMA’s are a young Australian band that leave little trails of alternative ’90s britpop wherever they tread.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Grisha Coleman: The artist’s installation “echo::system–treadmill dreamtime running in place” is a “70-minute journey through space and time” created with audio and visual media, digital movement analysis, robotics and live performance. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition: Lucía Sanromán of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts made 46 selections from some 900 works submitted by over 350 artists from Western states for the show, which opens with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Anoushka Shankar: The Grammy-nominated sitar player (daughter of the great Ravi Shankar) fuses Eastern influences, electronica and traditional acoustic sounds in her performances. [8 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Nikki Glaser: Known for her sex-related Comedy Central spots “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser,” the comic opens a two-night gig. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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