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Feb. 15- 17: Beer Week NightLife, Comedy Returns to El Rio, Zainab Johnson, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Black Choreographers Festival

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Cori Olinhouse parodies American commercialism in “Grandma.” (Courtesy Scott Shaw)

Thursday, Feb. 15
Beer Week NightLife: The museum social’s beer-themed edition includes brew-tasting opportunities and presentations on the science of alcohol and beer making. [6 to 10 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Paul Madonna: The award-winning artist, known for his “All Over Coffee” drawings, talks about his debut graphic novel, “Close Enough for the Angels.” [7 p.m., Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame]

Saving the planet: Cyril Kormos (of Wild Heritage), Leila Salazar-Lopez (Amazon Watch), and DellaSala (Geos Institute) discuss why we must increase conservation targets in order to save the earth. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Comedy Returns to El Rio: Francesca Fiorentini, Kurt Weitzmann, Nathan Habib, Victor Escobedo, and Lisa Geduldig perform in the February edition of Kung Pao Comedy’s monthly comedy show. [7 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Laura Love: The award winning “folk-funk” singer-songwriter-bassist has released nearly a dozen CDs, has performed at major music festivals worldwide, and has composed music for dance and theater productions. [8 p.m., Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley]

Friday, Feb. 16
Smuin Ballet: The locally based contemporary-ballet company presents its annual choreography showcase, a lively program of breakthrough dance-making by company members. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Classical music: Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and pianist Noreen Polera perform a program of works by Schumann, Brahms, Tsintsadze, Albeniz and others. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Zainab Johnson: The comedian and actress, whose comedy is inspired by having grown up as one of 13 siblings in a Muslim family in Harlem, performs a stand-up show. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Magic of Ryan Kane: Whisky bottles mysteriously appear, cell phones vanish, and other feats of magicianship occur when Kane, a performer known for his comic edge and high energy, performs his twice-monthly show. [8:30 p.m., Exit Cafe, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Lemon Bucket Orkestra: The spirited Canadian band presents “Counting Sheep,” a Ukrainian “guerrilla folk opera” that invites audiences to take part in an emotional remembrance of the 2014 Maidan revolution in Ukraine. [8 p.m., Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 Second St., Oakland]

Megabytes: The Musical!: Morris Bobrow’s musical play comically looks at how we navigate technology in our lives. [8 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]
Lotus: The instrumental electronic jam band, known for its improvisational and creative live shows, recently released “Eat the Light,” an album featuring guest vocals throughout. [8 p.m., U.C. Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Saturday, Feb. 17
Sondheim Tonight!: Cabaret and musical-theater veteran Craig Jessup salutes Stephen Sondheim, performing about a dozen songs that the renowned composer-lyricist wrote for shows such as “Saturday Night,” “Company,” and “Follies.” [8 p.m., Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Black Choreographers Festival: The celebration of African-American dance begins, with performances, master classes, and special events on the bill. Featured dance makers include Delina Patrice Brooks, Alex Diaz, and Kai Hazelwood, to name a few. [7:30 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]
Mumiy Troll: The band, whose members describe themselves as “evergreen Far Eastern romantics,” was founded in Vladivostok, Russia, in 1983 and has played sold-out gigs worldwide. [8 p.m., U.C. Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Colorful Shades of Beauty: Lecture, followed by an optional walk, explores the art and life of Sargent Johnson, one of the only African-American artists working for the Federal Art Project on the West Coast during the Great Depression. [10:30 a.m., Maritime Museum, 900 Beach St., S.F.]

NY Cat Film Festival: Artfully curated short films featuring cats and the humans who love them screen during the dual-program afternoon. [3 and 5 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Meghann Riepenhoff: An opening reception is set for the artist’s new exhibition, “Imprint,” which contains camera-less cyanotypes and explores the human relationship with the natural and built environment. [5 to 8 p.m., EUQINOMprojects, 1599 Tennessee St., S.F.]

Trump-era comedy: Comics Chris Garcia, Francesca Fiorentini, Karinda Dobbins, Johan Miranda, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, and Zahra Noorbahksh appear in “Not My F***ing President’s Day,” an evening of comedy benefiting Brava! for Women in the Arts. [8 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Anna Fedorova: The award-winning Ukrainian pianist, who is widely known for her YouTube presence, performs a Steinway Society concert of works by classical composers. [7:30 p.m., Trianon Theatre, 72 North Fifth St., San Jose]

Hannah Kaminsky: The vegan cookbook author talks about her new book, “Real Food, Really Fast: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Ready in 10 Minutes or Less.” [3 p.m., Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

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