April 28-29: Cactus Blossoms, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Daniel Bennett Group, Fruition, Abigail Thomas, High Functioning Flesh, Dan Dunn


Cactus Blossoms: Minneapolis brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkhum, reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, play ageless folk and country music. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: “Hymns of Praise: Beethoven and Mendelssohn” features Beethoven’s “Leonore” Overture, “Elegiac Song” and “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 played on period instruments. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Daniel Bennett Group: The New York jazz combo (saxophone/clarinet/flute/oboe) plays to release the CD “The Mystery At Clown Castle. [8 p.m., Zingari, 501 Post St., S.F.]

Fruition: The Portland-based quintet, which has moved from a roots to a more rocking sound, is promoting the new studio album “Labor of Love.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Abigail Thomas: Presented by KPFA radio, the best-selling author discusses her hilarious and poignant memoir “What Comes Next and How to Like It,” which Anne Lamott said: “dizzyingly truthful, often funny, lyrical, wise.” [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

High-Functioning Flesh: The Los Angeles based synth punk duo (Gregory Vand and Susan Subtract) have a new single “Human Remains.” [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

To Kill a Mockingbird: Berkeley Playhouse opens its production of Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel — a rare non-musical offering from the troupe — with a preview performance. [7 p.m., 2640 College Ave, Berkeley]

Dan Dunn: The former Playboy nightlife editor speaks about his new book “American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites, and One Man’s Blues.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


New Living Expo: The three-day event focuses on health and holistic lifestyles, with participation from innovators, alternative thinkers and leaders in spirituality, artistic creation, ancient wisdom, education and positive social transformation. [2 to 9 p.m., Fiesta Hall, San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Opera Parallele: The contemporary troupe opens a three-performance production of “To The Lighthouse,” Peter Maxwell Davies’ brooding three-singer, six-character tour-de-force based on the true story of mysterious disappearances off the Hebrides islands in 1900. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Tovah Feldshuh: The Broadway, film and TV star brings her cabaret act “Aging is Optional” to The City for the first of two nights. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Ross Hammond, Sameer Gupta: The musicians, and longtime friends, play jazz improvisations and global music for acoustic 12-string guitar and tabla. [7:30 p.m. Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St,, S.F.]

Floating Points: London-based producer-composer Sam Shepherd, whose debut “Elaenia” has been critically acclaimed, is on his first North American tour. [10 p.m., Mezzanine, Jesse St., S.F.]

Kicking Facebook: Written and performed by Margery Kreitman, the show is a funny, harrowing and very real story of Internet dependency. [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Herbert Bielawa Memorial Concert: Bay Area musicians including pianist Miles Graber and San Francisco Choral Artists led by Magen Solomon celebrate the life, work and legacy of the beloved and prolific Bay Area composer, pianist, conductor and educator. [8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church. 1 Lawson Road, Kensington]

Black Mountain: Members of the Vancouver-based group call themselves “antiheroes” continuing down the “path forged by Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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