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March 15-17: Clown & Punishment, Jacques Villegle, Brian Posehn, Expedition Reef, Clipper Stad Amsterdam open house, W. Kamau Bell, Jon Nakamatsu, Mandy Gonzalez, New Century Chamber Orchestra, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 7 Mile House Jazz Fest, Mission Peak Chamber Singers

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On March 16, the California Academy of Sciences opens a new planetarium show focusing on the hidden treasures of coral reefs. (Courtesy photo)

THURSDAY, MARCH 15

Brian Posehn: The comedian originally from Sacramento, who’s appeared on the Sarah Silverman show, opens a three-night standup engagement. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jacques Villegle-Traces: “Decollages from 1956-2000,” an exhibition of the influential French artist’s socio-political torn poster collages, opens with a reception. [5:30 to 8 p.m., Modernism Inc., 724 Ellis St., S.F.]

Circus Center serves up laughs in “Clown & Punishment” on March 15. (Courtesy photo)

Clown & Punishment: The Circus Center performance reveals how, after they’ve been “harassed, mocked and persecuted,” clowns are standing “up for the right of everyone to laugh.” [7:30 p.m., Circus Center, 755 Frederick St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Expedition Reef: The California Academy of Sciences launches its new planetarium show, narrated by Lea Salonga, which takes viewers into bustling, biodiverse communities hidden within coral reef ecosystems and reveals how corals live, breathe and reproduce. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco: Dancer Carmen Ledesma from Spain is the evening’s special guest performer. [7 and 8:30 p.m., Carola Zertuche Centro de Arte Flamenco, 670 South Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Clipper Stad Amsterdam open house: Visitors are invited to get close up look at the graceful 19th century tall ship, with its original rigging and superbly maintained woodwork. [4 to 8 p.m., Pier 15, The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Mujeres Luz art exhibition: The show of paintings by Talavera-Ballón, which celebrates women from Veracruz who feed migrants traveling atop the train known as “The Beast” during their way north, opens with a reception and a screening of the film “All of Me.” [6:30 to 9 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Diffused Reflections: The exhibit presented by Sólo Mujeres showcases work by 15 artists expressing their reaction to today’s rough political and social climate for people of color and from under represented communities. [6:30 to 9 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.

Good Strong Hands: The dance by Arletta Anderson, Adam Smith, Eric Garcia and Melissa Lewis is a “multi-disciplinary study on presence and absence, the ephemeral and material and cats lost in the woods.” [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

W. Kamau Bell: The cultural commentator, radio-television host and comedian appears in a Cal Performances presentation. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Playhouse, near Bancroft Way at Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Jon Nakamatsu: The pianist joins the Symphony Silicon Valley under the direction of Carlos Vieu in a program featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Inocente Carreño’s “Margariteña,” Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” [8 p.m., California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose]

The Wonder of Elvis Tribute: Rob Ely appears as Elvis Presley, portraying the three major phases of the star’s storied career. [8 p.m., Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St., San Jose]

Mandy Gonzalez: The Broadway star (“Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “In the Heights”) sings from her CD “Fearless” in the first of a two-night cabaret engagement. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

New Century Chamber Orchestra: Zurich Chamber Orchestra joins the group in a program of works by Bartók, Grieg and Max Richter. [5:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Bay Area’s Irish community celebrates on Saturday at the 167th St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. (Courtesy photo)



SATURDAY, MARCH 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: The Bay Area’s Irish community’s 167th annual San Francisco procession, with floats, dance troupes, marching bands and more, begins at 11:30 a.m. and Market and Second streets, and concludes with a party at City Hall, with music, cultural groups, food, beverages, art and rides. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, Grove and Larkin streets, S.F.]

The Train-RFK’s Last Journey: Opening Saturday and running through June 17, the installation — with 80 photographs, a video installation and a 70mm film projection — offers varied perspectives of the funeral train that carried Robert F. Kennedy’s body from New York City to Washington, D.C. for burial just days after his assassination. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Gideon Rubin: “The Kaiser’s Daughter,” a show of minimalistic paintings by the London-based Israeli artist who draws from mined photos (from an illustrated edition of “Mein Kampf” in 1939), opens with a reception. [4 to 6 p.m., Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah St., S.F.]

Jazz Fest: KCSM Jazz 91 DJ Alisa Clancy hosts the Ray Obiedo Group, Glen Pearson, Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Tod Dickow and Charged Particles, Al Molina and Kristen Strom, who are among the dozen of Bay Area jazz artists appearing in the inaugural day-long event, offering awards and a “Jazz Wall of Fame” photo display created by Jessica Levant. [Noon to 11:30 p.m., 7 Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd., Brisbane]

Mission Peak Chamber Singers: “And Now For Something Completely Different” is a fun and silly concert with various musical styles and genres (including a wink at Monty Python) — a great introduction for people unfamiliar with choral arts and a “refreshing set for those who have heard it all.” [7 p.m., Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont]

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