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Feb. 25-27: Smuin Ballet, Hailu Mergia, Michael Frachetti, Gogol Bordello, Rebecca Solnit and Joan Halifax

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Smuin Contemporary American Ballet presents “Serenade for Strings,” choreographer Garrett Ammon’s sassy, lighthearted take on Tchaikovsky’s score, as part of its “Dance Series 01.” (Courtesy Keith Sutter)


Smuin ballet company: “Dance Series 01” features choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Requiem for a Rose,” Garrett Ammon’s “Serenade for Strings” and Michael Smuin’s “Fly Me to the Moon.” [2 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Pacific Orchid Exposition: “Orchids in Wonderland” celebration, presented by the San Francisco Orchid Society, features 150,000 blooms, docent tours, exhibitions and cultivation tips. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Hailu Mergia: The U.S.-based keyboardist, a former member of Walias Band, a pioneering funk and jazz group in his native Ethiopia in the 1970s and ’80s, performs songs from “Lala Belu,” his first new album in more than 15 years. [8 p.m., the Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Andrew Lam and Angie Chau: The authors of “Birds of Paradise Lost” (Lam) and “Quiet As They Come” (Chau), each of whom has written about coming of age in San Francisco as a Vietnam immigrant in the 1980s, read from their work. [1 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Sunday With the Divas: Opera superstars Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, Patricia Racette and Frederica von Stade gather for an afternoon of music and conversation. [3 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Wood brothers: The folk band performs material from its new album, “Paradise,” which contains a rocking sound and themes of desire and longing. [8 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Nilbog: The five-piece band, made up of former and current members of Clipping, Thee Oh Sees, Monstro, Captain Ahab and Anavan, re-creates theme music from some of the most beloved and fetishized horror movies of the past few decades. [7 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Ragtime: Berkeley Playhouse presents the sweeping 1988 Broadway musical based on E. L. Doctorow’s novel about hopes and dreams in an America facing change at the turn of the 20th century. [2 p.m., Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley]

Gustafer Yellowgold Show: Grammy-nominated songwriter-illustrator Morgan Taylor presents his kid-friendly music and animation show, featuring material from his new album “Brighter Side,” along with fan favorites. [2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

The Miracle Worker: Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller explore and embrace the choices before them in the Tony-winning drama based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, presented by Tabard Theatre Company. [2 p.m., Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 North San Pedro St., San Jose]

“After All” (maquette), 2018, a wood, soot and electronics sculpture by Sheri Simons, is on view in “Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists,” an exhibition of art inspired by the machine. (Courtesy Oliver Hutton)


Contraption: Exhibition features mechanical installations, drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography by 16 California artists of Jewish descent whose work has been inspired by the notion of the machine. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Myriam Gurba: The writer, spoken-word artist and visual artist discusses “Mean,” her memoir about sexual violence, small towns, race and coming of age as a queer mixed-race Chicana. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Michael Frachetti: The archaeologist, photographer and author gives a presentation, presented by Long Now, on Asia’s ancient Silk Roads and their unique role in shaping civilization. [7:30 p.m., SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Nancy Huang: The poet from Austin, Texas, presents her new collection, “Favorite Daughter,” joined by Bay Area poets Arati Warrier and Kiana Young. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

X Ambassadors: The platinum-selling rock band, whose influences include Incubus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recently released the single “Joyful” from the group’s new album of the same name. [8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: The writer and historian discusses her new book, “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Gogol Bordello: The Manhattan-based band, whose Gypsy-punk sound involves infusing Eastern European musical influences into underground rock, performs songs from its latest album, “Seekers and Finders.” [8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Zak Dychtwald: The writer and think-tank founder, who travels frequently to China, discusses his new book, “Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Rebecca Solnit and Joan Halifax: Writer, historian and activist Solnit, whose books include “Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas,” and Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Halifax, a pioneer in the field of end-of-life care, discuss their work. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

I Think I’d Be Good at That: Five local comedians and host Drew Harmon help one wannabe comic get onstage and perform a stand-up show, with results that could be fabulous or simply terrifying. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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