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March 13-14: Word Family Tree Dedication, Ami Molinelli, Duo Violao Brasil, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Benjamin Grosvenor, Matt Alber, Dancing in the Dark, Christian Tetzlaff, Moon Hooch, Hal Foster, Real Irish Comedy Fest

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San Francisco Arts Commission lights up a new public installation on the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium today. (Courtesy photo)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

Word Family Tree Dedication: The San Francisco Arts Commission lighting ceremony opens the installation by conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth on the western facade of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium; the piece presents the etymology of the words “civic” and “auditorium” in white neon. [6 p.m., Polk and Grove streets, S.F.]

Ami Molinelli, Duo Violao Brasil: The percussionist-educator and guitarists appear in “A History of Choro,” a free concert and talk about Brazilian music that originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. [2 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, S.F. State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Alyssa Mastromonaco: The deputy White House staffer under Barack Obama speaks about her upcoming book “So Here’s the Thing… Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Tenderloin Talk Live: The Tenderloin Community Benefit District hosts Supervisor Matt Haney in the quarterly event series exploring issues and opportunities in the Tenderloin. [5:30 to 7 p.m., Boeddeker Park, 246 Eddy St., S.F.]

Benjamin Grosvenor: San Francisco Performances presents the British pianist in a recital of works by Schumann, Janacek, Prokofiev and Bellini/Liszt. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Uncertainty Principle: Actor-playwright Adam Strauss, creator of “The Mushroom Cure,” introduces his new solo show, a work-in-progress also detailing his personal experiences living with obsessive compulsive disorder. [8 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Metric, Zoé: The Toronto rock band, promoting the new LP “Art of Doubt,” and the Mexican group, 2019 Grammy winners for the album “Aztlán,” co-headline. [6:45 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]


Singer-songwriter Matt Alber appears Thursday at the Commonwealth Club and Friday-Saturday at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. (Courtesy Feinstein’s at the Nikko)

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

Matt Alber: The singer-songwriter and LGBTQ youth advocate from Portland performs from “Wind Sand Stars,” his album of pop-folk art songs (reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright) in a Michelle Meow Show presentation. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Dancing in the Dark: Choreographer Jess Curtis and collaborators present excerpts from “(in)Visible,” a free performance accessible for visually impaired people that explores “intersections of movement, culture, sensory difference and physical diversity” in repeating 25-minute cycles. [6 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Moon Hooch: The Brooklyn horn-and-percussion trio (Mike Wilbur, Wenzl McGowen and James Muschler) plays a mix of jazz, experimental funk and electronic dance. [8:30 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Five and Two Others: The exhibition curated by Mildred Howard featuring small-format works by artists with and without developmental disabilities, with a focus on an egalitarian vision, opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Ryan Beatty: The rising vocalist, songwriter and producer counts influences from Solange and Frank Ocean to ELO, Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder, plays from his debut LP “Boy in Jeans.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts soloist Christian Tetzlaff performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Suffers: The eight-piece R&B group from Houston calls its sound Gulf Coast soul; NPR attributes its allure to “soul, straight from horn to heart.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Hal Foster: The art historian, whose latest book is “Conversations about Sculpture,” speaks about legendary artist Richard Serra with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Gary Garrels. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Sojourn: Pear Theatre premieres the play by Evan Kokkila-Schumacher, which describes issues facing two astronauts who are five years into a one-way, life-long mission into the cosmos. [8 p.m., 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View]

The Real Irish Comedy Fest: Dubliner and long-term San Francisco resident David Nihill does standup with Sean Finnerty, Ger Staunton, Maureen Langan, Katie Boyle and Mark Hayes in a tour culminating at Cobb’s in San Francisco on St. Patrick’s Day. [7:45 p.m., San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St., San Jose]

Jonathan Wilson: The singer, songwriter and producer is on tour with the album “Rare Birds,” which includes collaborations with Father John Misty, Lucius, Laraaji and Lana Del Rey. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St. S.F.

Barbara Easley-Cox, Ericka Huggins: San Francisco Art Institute presents the Black Panther Party leaders in conversation with Dewey Crumple in connection with the exhibit, “Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures.” [6 p.m., Osher Hall, SFAI, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Women’s History Month Comedy: Comics Carla Clayy, Priyanka Wali, Jade Theriault and Lisa Geduldig perform. [8 p.m., Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley]

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