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March 19-20: Zucchero, Lola Walker, Miah Persson, Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau, Bolshoi Ballet, Rickie Lee Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Avedis Chamber Series, Jupiter Chamber Players, The Dig, Crossing Bhutan

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Italian blues artist Zuccero brings his tour to the Palace of Fine Arts. (Courtesy Ari Michelson)


Zucchero: The popular Italian bluesman is best known in the U.S. for his collaboration with Paul Young, “Senza una Donna.” [7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Lola Walker: “Outsider As Artist,” a solo show of mixed media pieces by a former Merry Prankster aboard Ken Kesey’s “Magic Bus,” opens with a reception. [2 to 2 p.m., Museum Studios Gallery, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame]

Steven Dibner and Friends: The San Francisco Symphony bassoonist and colleagues Carey Bell, clarinet, and Robin Sutherland, piano, perform works by Debussy, Britten, Stravinsky and more. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Open Cockpit Event: Visitors may sit in famous aircraft including an A-3 Skywarrior, A-4 Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair, Harrier and Mig-15. [Noon, Oakland Aviation Museum, 8252 Earhart Road, Oakland]

Xiu Xiu: (((folkYEAH!))) presents the experimental group (originally from San Jose) headed by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

All Schumann program: Soprano Miah Persson, baritone Florian Boesch and pianist Malcolm Martineau appear in recital, presented by Cal Performances, [3 p.m., Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley campus]

Ashkenaz Cultural Treasures Gala: The performance center celebrates 44 years with a program featuring Baba Ken Okulolo, members of the Caribbean Allstars, Edessa Balkan Border Music, Kalanjali: Dances of India, Suzy Thompson & Friends, and Yaelisa with Caminos Flamencos. [6 p.m., Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley]

Bolshoi Ballet: “A Contemporary Evening,” featuring works by Jerome Robbins, Harald Lander and Alexei Ratmansky recorded live from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, comes to the big screen. [12:55 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., and San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Rickie Lee Jones, Madeleine Peyroux: The imaginative song interpreters, on tour together, appear in a sold-out show. [7 p.m., Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Avedis Chamber Series: Alexandra Hawley, flute; David Tanenbaum, guitar; Paul Hersh, viola and Jeffrey LaDeur, piano, play music by Kaspar Kummer, Robert Beaser, Maurice Duruflé and Tatiana Nikolayeva. [2 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Jupiter Chamber Players: Violinists Victor Romasevich and Michael Jones, violist Stephen Levintow, cellist Paul Rhodes and guest harpist Olga-Rakitchenkov play works by Golubev, Kodály, Beethoven and Andriasov. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]


The Dig: The Brooklyn indie group calls itself “a classic band’s band, and a true collaboration: four longtime friends, three songwriters, two singers in a true dual frontman setup.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Crossing Bhutan: The documentary about four veteran athletes’ journey to explore Bhutan’s enigmatic policy of Gross National Happiness by making a border-to-border crossing of the isolated kingdom by foot and bike screens, followed by a Q&A with director Ben Henretig. [7 p.m., Roxie, 3117 Mission St., S.F.]

Dance Workshop with SF Ballet: The San Francisco Public Library program for ages 6 to 12 shows how choreography, music and costumes come together to tell the story ballet of “Cinderella.” [3:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Peace Action of San Mateo County: Peace leaders Kevin Martin and Reiner Braun discuss “Mobilizing for Peace in the Trump Era: Pursuing Nuclear Disarmament and Common Security in Europe and the World.” [7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo]

The U.S. and China in 2017: Howard French, former New York Times writer and author of “Everything Under the Heavens: Empire, Tribute and the Future of Chinese Power,” appears on a panel with Asia Times’ contributor George Koo. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Earplay: “Concert 2: Wind” a program of new classical music by Stephen Yip, Jason Federmeyer, Linda Bouchard, Heidi Jacob and Toru Takemitsu, is preceded by a 6:45 p.m. talk. [7:30 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

New Media/Art Techonology & Culture Colloquium: Andrew and Deborah Rappaport speak on “Designing Spatiality for New Media Art.” [6:30 p.m., Barbo Osher Theater, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Meredith Maran: The essayist and book critic speaks about “The New Old Me,” her account of leaving a San Francisco freelance writer’s life for a 9-to-5 job in Los Angeles. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

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