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April 26-28: If So, What?, Art Market San Francisco, Telegraph Quartet, What’s Menthol Got to Do With It?, stARTup Art Fair, Tom Green, Eva Noblezada, New Living Expo, 2018 Bay Area Book Festival, Dave Chapelle and John Mayer, TreasureFest

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Dolby Laboratories, with its Dolby Art Series, is among the participants in If So, What?, a new art fair focusing on design and technology opening with a reception tonight and running through the weekend at the Palace of Fine Arts. (Courtesy photo)


If So, What?: The inaugural edition of the fair, which pairs art and design with sound and innovation and includes dozens of exhibitors, galleries and panels, kicks off with a VIP reception to benefit Art in Action. [3 to 9 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Telegraph Quartet: San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Quartet-in-Residence and Winner of the 2016 Naumburg Chamber Music Award performs a free concert featuring composer Robert Sirota’s commissioned “Wave Upon Wave.” [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Art Market San Francisco 2018: The eighth edition of the weekend show, which attracted 25,000 visitors in 2017 and offers contemporary and modern artworks from dozens of returning exhibitors and newcomers, begins with a VIP preview. [6 to 10 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

What’s Menthol Got To Do With It?: The second annual spoken-word competition offers cash prizes to the artists performing original pieces linking tobacco and social injustice. [6 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]


Tom Green: The comic who exploded on MTV pre-internet, is known for his “anything goes” attitude, a sort of blend of wild child Sam Kinison and cynical George Carlin. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Eva Noblezada: The Tony Award nominee of “Miss Saigon” fame opens a two-night cabaret gig, a show with stories and an eclectic set list including tunes by Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

New Living Expo: The three-day event, a gathering of “leaders, teachers and respected authors in programs designed to enhance awareness, creativity and mindfulness,” begins with a “5D Stargate Meditation” ceremony. [3 p.m., Room 1, Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Danzón: Mercury Soul, the electronica project headed by Mason Bates, hosts a celebration of Latin American composers featuring headliner Rob Garza (from Thievery Corporation), Latin-infused DJ sets, classical pieces, salsa dancing and “immersive” lighting. [9 p.m., Great Northern
119 Utah St., S.F.]

Mipso: North Carolina’s acclaimed indie-Americana quartet boasts a style in which “classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

stARTup Art Fair: The fourth annual edition of the event showcasing independent artists is designed to complement other major art events within walking distance over the weekend. [2 to 10 p.m., Hotel Del Sol, 3100 Webster St., S.F. ]

Sum 41: The award-winning Canadian alt-rock band headlines a concert with Seaway and Super Whatevr opening. [7:30 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

LCD Soundsystem: The New York dance electronica band headed by James Murphy is on a roll after reuniting and releasing its 2017 album “American Dream.” [7 p.m., Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley]

Culture Catalyst: An exhibition honoring the legacy of the Neighborhood Arts Program, which launched in 1967 and at its height employed more than 100 artists, opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., S.F. Arts Commission Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Guest Spot
: A new installation program exhibiting neon artists curated by Meryl Pataky, and featuring Leticia Maldonado’s “Strewn,” opens with a reception. [8 p.m., HANG ART, 567 Sutter St., S.F.]

5 Seconds of Summer: The Australian pop rock band from Sydney, which opened for One Direction, got its start playing covers on YouTube. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

HONK: The Pied Piper Players, a nonprofit family theater organization, stages a “heartwarming adaptation” of the children’s book “The Ugly Duckling.” [7 p.m., Bayside Performing Arts Center, 2025 Kehoe Ave., San Mateo]

Poor Man’s Whiskey: The Northern California band, which plays bluegrass, old time, Southern rock and old-school jams, releases the album “Juniper Mountain.” [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

STRiNGBAND FEVER: Alternative Americana Night in the 13th annual showcase hosts Lester T. Raww’s Graveside Quartet and Samm Bones. [9:30 p.m., Plough & Stars, 116 Clement St., S.F.]

Untold UNTOLD: The theatrical adaptation of stories from the Sea Change Program’s “Untold Stories” series, aimed at reducing shame and stigma surrounding experiences such as abortion, miscarriage, infertility and adoption, opens a three-performance run. [8 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Django Django: Opening a two-night San Francisco stand (it plays the Great American Music Hall on Saturday), the art-rock band from London it promoting its third album “Marble Skies.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Beethoven Unleashed: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, guest vocalists and Eric Zivian on fortepiano perform Cherubini’s “Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn” and early Beethoven works including the Mass in C Major and Fantasia in C Minor. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Leela Dance Collective: The classical Indian troupe presents the San Francisco premiere of “Son of the Wind,” which features a cast of all female Kathak dancers playing male and female roles. [7:30 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

PUSHfest Spring Dance Festival: PUSH Dance Company hosts a mixed-genre showcase of works by emerging choreographers and youth companies, including a premiere by Robert Henry Johnson and work-in-progress by Raissa Simpson. [8 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Rock of Ages: Palo Alto Players open a three-weekend run of the Tony-nominated musical set in the 1980s with music by Styx, Poison and other monster bands of the ears. [8 p.m.,Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Bicicletas Por La Paz: The Oakland-based Latin circus funk band, which fuses Colombian folklore with modern psychedelic funk, appears on a bill with Mission Delirium in an extravaganza with puppets, protest dances and “all out debauchery.” [9 p.m., New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland]

Island Vibes Spring Tour: Hawaiian vocalist Fiji (who was born in Fiji) and reggae band Morgan Heritage co-headline. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]


2018 Bay Area Book Festival: With some 500 authors and exhibitors, the fourth annual two-day literary event offers presentations, panels, keynotes, films, performances, participatory activities, exhibits and an outdoor fair at Milvia Street and Allston Way. [10 a.m. to 9 p.m., various locations, downtown Berkeley]

Kronos Quartet: The string ensemble dedicated to new music closes its 40th anniversary programming and fourth annual hometown music festival with a daytime family concert of music from around the world and an evening show with multi-instrumentalist David Coulter, the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Vân-Ánh Võ. [11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., SF JAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Sara Lovell: The singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her new CD for kids and families, “Wild is Everywhere.” [Noon, East Bay Community Space, 507 55th St., Oakland]

Alice Glass: The Canadian singer-songwriter (born Margaret Osborn), co-founder and former frontwoman of the electronic band Crystal Castles, is promoting her self-titled debut album of electronic pop. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Dave Chappelle and John Mayer: The comedy and pop music stars join forces on their “Controlled Danger” tour. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

TresureFest: Organizers call the event “one part craft and vintage market, one part food festival, and one part magic.” [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pier 1, Treasure Island]

Paul O’Dette: San Francisco Performances presents the lute virtuoso in a rare recital of Renaissance masterpieces. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

San Francisco Youth Circus: Opening a two-weekend run, “Fog City Swing” conjures the magic of discovering The City with acrobatics, juggling, aerial arts and more in a full-length, family-friendly circus show. [7:30 p.m., Circus Center, 755 Frederick St., S.F.]

Music For Minor Planets: Renowned experimental harpist Zeena Parkins interprets Jay Heikes’ abstract score with percussionist William Winant. [2 p.m., Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

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