Categories: Arts Calendar

March 1-2: Billy Crystal, Bon Jovi, Whitney Rose, L.A. Kauffman, Steve Willis, Camerperson, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Jens Lekman, Bill Hayes

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

Billy Crystal: The comic tells stories and shows film clips in his show called “Spend the Night With Billy Crystal” featuring special guest Bonnie Hunt. [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Bon Jovi: The veteran rockers “This House Is Not For Sale Tour” features competition-winning hometown band Thadeus Gonzalez opening the show. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Whitney Rose: The country pop singer’s new album “South Texas Suite” is a love letter to the Lone Star state. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

L. A. Kauffman: The organizer, historian and journalist discusses her book “Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Steve Willis and the Willing: The piano player, singer, accordionist and harmonica man plays blues, boogie, rock, zydeco and country. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Cameraperson: The film is an evocative memoir by Kirsten Johnson, who has been the principal cinematographer on more than 40 documentaries. [7 p.m., Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Countertenor Iestyn Davies and conductor Jonathan Cohen join the period ensemble in “Operatic Heroes,” a program of mid-18th century works by Handel, Hasse, Zelenka, Arne, Gluck and CPE Bach. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

Jens Lekman: The Swedish “songwriter, adventurer and retired bingo hall employee” who “re-purposes great, lost pop hooks of past and present” closes a two-night engagement. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Menorca: The wacky film by Canadian director John Barnard about a hedonistic soccer mom who embarks on a strange journey of self discovery gets its U.S. film festival premiere at Cinequest. [9:25 p.m., Century 20, 845 Middlefield Road, Redwood City]

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

Spend the Night With Billy Crystal: The comic brings his loosely structured, well-reviewed show to the South Bay. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose]

Bill Hayes: The former San Francisco resident and author of “Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me,” which Publishers Weekly called “a love letter to New York City and to renowned science writer Oliver Sacks,” speaks about his memoir and photo book. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Levinsky Park: The documentary by Beth Toni Kruvant — a portrait of the complexities and repercussions of refugee migration, focused on a park in Tel Aviv where Africans gather and reside — premieres at Cinequest. [7 p.m., Century 20, 845 Middlefield Road, Redwood City]

Smokey Joe’s Café: The Tony-nominated musical revue songs by Leiber and Stoller (“On Broadway,” “Stand by Me”) opens with a preview performance. [8 p.m., Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette]

Smuin: The contemporary ballet troupe opens a four day run of “Dance Series 01,” which includes works by Stanton Welch, Michael Smuin and Garrett Ammon. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Jazz Search West: Judged by professional musicians, the Bay Area’s annual jazz talent competition for adults and teens 15 and older, which concludes in April at Yoshi’s, begins. [7 p.m., Sound Room, 2147 Broadway, Oakland]

IRAN/USA: St. Mary’s College Art Department Peter Freund speaks about his exhibition of video and prints, which “re-envisions key moments in the politically charged history of the countries through the lens of an experimental artist.” [4 p.m., St. Mary’s College Museum of Art, 1928 St. Mary’s College Road, Moraga]

Side Show
: Foothill Music Theatre opens its 2014 revival of the show about conjoined twins, and their search for love and acceptance amid the spectacle of fame. with a preview performance. [7:30 p.m., Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]

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