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Feb. 18-20: Bamboozled, NY Dog Film Festival, Danish String Quartet, Neeli Cherkovski

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In Patricia Milton’s new play, “Bamboozled,” Abby (Jeunee Simon), an antiques appraiser searching for her ancestors in Collierville, Tennessee, faces a $1 million lawsuit and a formidable adversary, but she’s not giving up yet. (Courtesy J. Norrena)


Bamboozled: A black Los Angeles appraiser traveling in the South is accused of defrauding a Daughter of the Confederacy out of a fortune in Civil War heirlooms in this world-premiere stage comedy by Patricia Milton, presented by Central Works. [5 p.m., Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

Lucia Berlin: Stories: Word for Word performance stages five short stories from “A Manual for Cleaning Women,” a posthumously published collection of Berlin-penned tales reflecting the author’s compassionate view of American society. [3 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Lunar New Year: Museum celebration welcomes the Year of the Dog with Chinese acrobats, musicians, lion dancers, storytellers, calligraphy and art-making activities. [10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Day of Remembrance: Program, “No Barbed Wire! No Wall! Carrying the Light for Justice,” honors survivors of the U.S. WW II incarceration camps and urges everyone to defend civil rights. Keynote speaker: Sameena Usman, Council on American-Islamic Relations. [2 p.m., AMC Kabuki 8, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

Black Choreographers Festival: Weekend one of the celebration of African-American dance and culture concludes, featuring dance makers Joslynn Mathis Reed, Christopher Scarver, Dazaun Soleyn, and Jamie Wright, to name a few. [7:30 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Dorothy: The Los Angeles-based alternative-rock band performs selections from its new album, “28 Days in the Valley,” which includes the single “Flawless.” [8 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

NY Dog Film Festival: Documentary, animated, and live-action short films that illuminate the human-canine bond screen during the dual-program afternoon, a bring-your-own-dog event. [2 and 4:15 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff: The writer, whose new book, “Cooking Together: A Vegetarian Co-op Cookbook,” contains recipes from her native India, gives a lecture and demonstration. [2 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


The Danish String Quartet makes its San Francisco debut on Monday at Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Caroline Bittencourt)

Danish String Quartet: The Copenhagen-based classical-music ensemble makes its San Francisco debut with a program featuring quartets by Bartok and Beethoven and its own arrangements of traditional Nordic music. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Tall Tales: February’s edition of Monday Night PlayGround Readings features staged readings of 10-minute plays by California writers, inspired by “tall tales.” [8 p.m., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley]

Francisco Cantu: The author, with R.O. Kwon, discusses “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border,” his book about those who police the border and those who risk their lives when crossing it. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

One Night Only Benefit Cabaret: Members of the touring cast of “The Book of Mormon” appear in “Songs off the Resume,” an evening of (non-“Book of Mormon”) music and comedy benefiting the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation. [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Magnificent Magnolias: Annual spectacle of pink and white blossoms features nearly 100 types of magnolias at the peak of their bloom. [7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Ziva Branstetter: The senior editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting discusses how investigative journalists do their jobs in an increasingly divided world and how to identify real journalism you can trust and fake news you should ignore. [6 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Philip Glass @ 80: As part of a year-long celebration of his 80th birthday, the composer and his Philip Glass Ensemble perform an iconic early work, “Music With Changing Parts,” joined by young choral singers. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dengue Fever: The California-based band, whose trademark sound blends 1960s Cambodian pop with psychedelic rock, headlines an evening of indie bands, presented by the Noise Pop festival. [8 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Guillermo Galindo: The experimental composer, sonic architect, performer, and visual artist, whose “Remote Control,” an interactive string quartet, will premiere at the San Francisco Jazz Festival this year, speaks about his work. [7 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Neeli Cherkovski: The San Francisco poet reads from his new collection, “Elegy for My Beat Generation.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Obi Kaufmann: The artist and adventurer discusses “The California Field Atlas,” his lavishly illustrated book revealing California’s myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in unusual maps and trail paintings. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Dan Wilkins: The astrophysicist at Stanford University gives a talk titled “Flares and Fireworks From Black Holes,” hosted by San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. [7:45 p.m., Presidio Observation Post, 211 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.]

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