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March 8-10: International Ocean Film Festival, SPCA 150th Anniversary Exhibit, Richard Egarr, Company Wayne McGregor, Jordan Rakei, Elephant Man, Tall Ships, BATS Improv, OUT of Site, Darlingside, It’s Only a Play

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Kim Swims, about marathon swimmer Kim Chambers, opens the International Ocean Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

THURSDAY, MARCH 8

International Ocean Film Festival: The 15h annual fest, a four-day program with separately ticketed events, begins with “She is the Ocean,” from Russia, at 4 p.m., followed by a party at 6 p.m. and, at 8 p.m., “Kim Swims,” about Kim Chambers, the first woman to swim solo the 26 miles between the Farallon Islands and San Francisco. [4 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Super Happy Fun Time Laughter Hour: The 60-minute “mostly stand-up variety show” offers “sprinklings of improv, sketch, musical comedy and other weirdness.” [9 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

San Francisco SPCA 150th Anniversary exhibit: The show, a “walk through history” illustrating how animals have touched lives since 1868, opens with a preview gathering. [5 to 7 p.m., Main Library, sixth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Richard Egarr: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presents the conductor and keyboard virtuoso in a program of works by Handel, Corelli and Muffat. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Michal Rovner: “Evolution,” a solo exhibit of the artist’s videos and prints that mark a return to her “unique, abstracted language,” opens with a reception. [4 to 7 p.m., Pace Gallery, 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto]

Company Wayne McGregor: San Francisco Performances presents the acclaimed British choreographer’s troupe in a piece called “Autobiography,” inspired in part by McGregor’s own DNA. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Jordan Rakei: The young soul singer and beatmaker from Brisbane, Australia, cites D’Angelo and Stevie Wonder among his influences; Los Angeles-based neo-soul trio Hablot Brown opens. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Joshua Marx appears in Hillbarn Theatre’s production of “The Elephant Man.” (Courtesy Mark and Tracy Photography)

FRIDAY, MARCH 9

The Elephant Man: The drama by Bernard Pomerance tells the story of John Merrick, a deformed 19th century Englishman who comes under the care of a celebrated young physician. [8 p.m., Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City]

Tall Ships: Visitors are invited to tour historic 18th century vessels Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, which will be docked in Redwood City through March 18. [4 to 5 p.m., 451 Seaport Court, Redwood City]

BATS Improv: In “Listen to the Band,” a show running Fridays in March, improvisers take their cues from guest musical artists. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers: The South Bay blues rockers are celebrating the release of their new Alligator Records album, “Stompin’ Ground.” [8 p.m., Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

Tom Reardon: Following six previous sold-out engagements, the Bay Area cabaret singer opens his new show, “Anything But Love: love songs, vol. III.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

T Sisters: The “sassy sister folk act from Oakland” — harmony-singing Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen, backed by bassist Steve Height, guitarist Andrew Allen Fahlander and drummer Marlon Aldana — co-headline with San Francisco folk-rock singer-songwriter Megan Slankard. [8:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

NF: The Michigan rapper, singer and songwriter (aka Nathan John Feuerstein) has the hit “Let You down” from album “Perception.” [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Decibel Magazine Tour: Norwegian progressive metal legends Enslaved join forces with Pacific Northwest black metal heroes Wolves in the Throne Room, Danish post-black siren Myrkur and doomed rock ‘n’ crushers Khemmis. [7 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

SATURDAY, MARCH 10

OUT of Site: Eye Zen, an interdisciplinary performance troupe, kicks off a two-part show and walking tour that “brings to life San Francisco’s rich queer history on the streets where it all began.” [Noon and 4 p.m., Mark Twain Plaza, 501 Mark Twain St., S.F.]

Oakland Ballet Company: The troupe fuses contemporary ballet with south Indian classical dance in “Jangala,” a family-friendly piece inspired by “The Jungle Book.” [2:30 p.m., Skyline High School, 12250 Skyline Blvd., Oakland]

Darlingside: The acclaimed alt-folk quartet, playing a genre-defying mix of traditional folk and indie rock, chamber pop and Americana, headlines a bill with Vermont folk singer Henry Jamison, who’s been compared to Nick Drake and James Blake. [7:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

It’s Only a Play: New Conservatory Theatre opens its production of the regional premiere of Terrence McNally’s comedy set at a party where a producer, playwright, director, actors and their friends eagerly wait for opening night reviews of their Broadway show. [8 p.m., 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band: The world-touring group serves up “uncanny, note-for-note live renditions” of Beatles’ songs. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Noe Valley Chamber Music’s Classical Kids: The Comfy Concerts program features pianist Hillary Nordwell and cellist Emil Miland performing Brahms’ Cello Sonata in F Major. [10:30 a.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Fielding Connections: Fiber artist Matt Katsaros opens his series of community art programs with a reception featuring a collaborative weaving project with artist Travis Meinhof. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Irving Street Projects, 4331 Irving St., S.F.]

Mission Youth Arts Fest: Dance Mission’s free, outdoor event celebrates young musicians and dancers with a lineup of local youth performers. [1 to 4 p.m., Potrero del Sol Park, Potrero Avenue and Cesar Chavez street, S.F.]

Paint, Brush, Paintings: The exhibit of work by Carlos Loarca, a San Francisco artist who’s been painting for 50 years, opens with a reception. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Think Round Fine Arts, 2140 Bush St., Suite 1B, S.F.]

Let Me Be A Witness: The group show of work by 17 artists, inspired by church-goers’ call to testify but framed in the context of current events, is celebrated with a reception. [7 to 10 p.m., Root Division, 1131 Mission St., S.F.]

Sacred: Oscar-winner Thomas Lennon’s huge movie, shot around the globe by 40 filmmaking teams, explores spirituality across cultures and religion. [3 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Women Entrepreneurs in San Mateo County: In the Women’s History Month program, actors portray women in varied roles, from a stage coach driver to a laundry woman to an Edwardian movie actress. [1 p.m., San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

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