Feb. 26-27: Pacific Orchid Exposition, Herbert Blomstedt, Bret Ernst, Bill Frisell, Mona Awad, Russian Festival, California Bach Society


Pacific Orchid Exposition: The 64th annual event, the largest of its kind in the country with more than 150,000 orchids from across the world, opens its three-day run. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

S.F. Symphony: The orchestra’s former leader Herbert Blomstedt returns to conduct a program featuring Maria João Pires playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Bret Ernst: The standup comic from Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Tour headlines a weekend gig; Johnny Beehner and Cory Robinson open. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Bill Frisell: The jazz guitar great’s new album “When You Wish Upon A Star” reinterprets music from iconic film and television scores. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Shakespeare & Cervantes: Humanities West opens its two-day lecture and performance series focusing on Western civilization’s greatest writers, in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of their deaths. [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F]

Mona Awad: The writer’s darkly funny debut “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl” is the story of a woman’s journey from fat adolescence to an ex-fat adulthood as she seeks acceptance. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

California Bach Society: The chamber chorus’ “Oratorios and Dialogues” is a program of three examples of mid-17th century music-drama, including Giacomo Carissimi’s “Jonah and the Whale.” [8 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Russian Festival: The 26th annual, three-day Russian-American celebration of food, dance, music and art features a 9:30 p.m. opening-night dance party. [5:30 p.m., Russian Center, 2640 Sutter St., S.F.]


Chitresh Das Dance Company: The all-women troupe presents “Shiva,” the final work of visionary founder and renowned kathak practitioner Pandit Chitresh Das, who died suddenly in 2015; Charlotte Moraga added finishing touches to the full-length piece. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall. Bancroft Way at Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Sword Swallower’s Day: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! pays tribute to the ancient art with a free sword-swallowing performance by Matthew Bouvier (aka Matt Molotov). [2 p.m., 175 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Parables of the Future: The interactive performance art and science event about time travel features Rontez Purnell, Shinnerrie Jackson and physics professor Ronald Mallett from the University of Connecticut. [7 p.m., Live Worms Gallery, 1345 Grant Ave., S.F.]

Judith Belzer-Canal Zone: The solo show of paintings by the Bay Area artist, instigated by a trip to the Panama Canal she undertook on a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, opens with a reception. [4 p.m., George Lawson Gallery, 315 Potrero Ave., S.F.]

Regina Carter: The jazz violinist appears in an evening of community and celebration to benefit the Homeless Prenatal Program. [8 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Solas: The definitive Irish-American roots band’s most recent album “All These Years” brings together an allstar lineup of everyone who’s been in the group in the past two decades. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

S.F. Maritime National Historical Park: The free Black History Month sing-along “Chanteys-The African American and Caribbean Connection” introduces visitors to work songs of sailors, longshoremen, oarsmen and fishermen. [3 p.m., aboard Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde St., S.F.]

Arresting Power-Resisting Police Violence: The 2015 documentary about confronting police abuse in Portland, and lessons for establishing community control of Bay Area police, screens in a Freedom Socialist Party presentation and discussion; a 6 p.m. dinner precedes the film. [7 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.]

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