Categories: Arts Calendar

April 8-9: SF Ballet Program 6, John Lloyd Young, Sarah Cahill, Vagina Monologues, Economies of Effort, Piff the Magic Dragon, Thurgood, Casey Neill


S.F. Ballet: Program 6 includes Helgi Tomasson’s “Prism,” Christopher Wheeldon’s “Rush” and the company’s premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Seven Sonatas.” [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

John Lloyd Young: The Tony Award-winning star of “Jersey Boys” sings R&B standards from his album “My Turn” in a cabaret performance. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Casey Neill & The Norway Rats: The Portland-based folk-punk band co-headlines with troubadour Ryan Davidson, back by popular demand.[9:30 p.m., Plough & Stars, 116 Clement St., S.F.]

Sarah Cahill: The pianist plays contemporary works — by Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Maggi Payne, Paul Dresher and others — that have been dedicated to her over the years. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

The Vagina Monologues: The 20th anniversary of Eve Ensler’s influential play is celebrated with three performances of a Spanish version (with English subtitles) featuring Fabiola Kramsky, Kira Vilanova and Eliana Lopez. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. S.F.]

Economies of Effort: Cid Pearlman Performance and Felix Kulpa Gallery stage a free performance of the premiere of their final work in a triptych of dance and visual art installations on the theme of “economy.” [7:30 and 9 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.; RVSP required at]

Piff the Magic Dragon: The performer describes his act as “Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks.” [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Thurgood: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre opens an encore run of the one-man show starring Steven Anthony Jones as the Supreme Court justice and civil rights hero. [7:30 p.m., African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]


Jeffrey Halford and the Healers: The Marin County-based roots rockers appear on a bill with Misner & Smith, presented by SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s (formerly the Noe Valley Music Series). [8 p.m., St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St., S.F.]

Andrea Marcovicci, Shawn Ryan: The “Queen of Cabaret” shares a bill with a performer who describes himself as “the love child of Peter Allen and Bette Midler.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Razteria: The Bay Area based Latin, rock and reggae artist releases her album “Aventurera.” [8 p.m., Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Monster Jam: This edition of the monster truck battle — “the ultimate dirt-flying, car-crushing explosive event of demolition, speed and power” — features a never-before-seen truck jump stunt by champion Tom Meents. [7 p.m., Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara]

Cherry Blossom Festival: The annual celebration of Japanese culture includes food booths, J-Pop, cosplay, taiko drumming, martial arts, live bands, DJs, games, a Lolita fashion show and doll displays. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Post and Webster streets, S.F.]

Convergence: Nineteen ArtSpan artists-in-residence at the Journal Building open their diverse group show with a reception. [7 p.m., Alabama Project Gallery, 1295 Alabama St., S.F.]

S.F. Opera Education: The sixth installment in a series of free “Opera in an Hour” films screens Rossini’s “Cinderella.” [1 p..m., Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

San Jose Fantasy Faire: The family-friendly festival offers performances, demonstrations, costume contests, games and the opportunity to meet artists and authors from the fantasy world. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Discovery Meadow Park, 180 Woz Way, San Jose]

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