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March 15-16: A-Wa, Paul Huang, Sean Beaudoin, Joyce Maynard, Swimmers, Persian New Year Festival, Leakey Foundation series, Hilton Obenzinger

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The Israeli sisters in A-Wa mix folk tunes and electro-pop. (Courtesy Tomer Yosef)


A-Wa: The three sisters from Tel Aviv who sing in Yemenite, a nearly extinct dialect spoken by Jews in Yemen, are performing material from their debut CD in which folk tunes meet electronic dance music. [8 p.m., Kanbar Hall. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Paul Huang: San Francisco Performances presents the violin virtuoso and pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne in a program of works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinksy, Part and Saint-Saens. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Sean Beaudoin: The Seattle-based author of five young adult novels discusses his new collection of edgy short pieces, “Welcome Thieves: Stories.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Joyce Maynard: The Bay Area-based, best-selling writer known for works about her own life is promoting her new novel “Under the Influence.” [7 p.m,, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Swimmers: The world-premiere play by Rachel Bonds is a funny and insightful dramedy peeking into the lives of people who work in the same office building. [7:30 p.m., Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley]

Persian New Year Festival: Visitors are invited to celebrate the spring rite of jumping over a bonfire at the event, which also includes Persian food, music, dancing and children’s activities. [6 to 10 p.m., 2029 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

Being Human-The Primates Who Tell Stories: Cognitive psychologist Tania Lombrozo explores humans’ storytelling ability in the presentation from The Leakey Foundation, part of a series with experts’ talks, experiments, drinks and conversation. [6 p.m. Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F. ]

Hilton Obenzinger: The novelist, critic and Stanford instructor speaks about his book “How We Write: The Varieties of Writing Experience.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]


Antonia Hall: The author, artist, self-improvement expert and spiritual teacher shares information from ”The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life” at an event with free entry, wine and prizes. {6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Tom Bissell: The author talks about “Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve” (a book for both faithful Christians and those who want to learn about the religion), that examines the mysterious and paradoxical lives of the Twelve Apostles. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Disturbed: The heavy metal band from Chicago headlines a sold-out show with Nonpoint. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Natalia Lafourcade: The Latin-Grammy winner and star on the Mexican pop-rock scene plays the Regency Ballroom. [8 p.m., 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Juan Thompson: In his memoir “Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson,” the writer shares electric, anger-ridden and drug-fueled tales of being the only son of a literary legend. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien: The Celtic and bluegrass artists are known for keeping their respective traditions fresh with their virtuosic musicianship and original compositions. [8 p.m. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Bark and Whine Ball: The 19th annual event is a red carpet, dining-and-dancing gala to benefit San Francisco SPCA animals. [6:30 p.m,, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

S.F. Flower & Garden Show: Celebrating its 30th year, the five-day event opening Wednesday boasts designer gardens, demonstrations, tips from experts and many items for sale. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

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