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May 19-20: Liss Fain Dance, Bay to Breakers Expo, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, Smuin, Oakland Symphony, SF Art Institute MFA Exhibition, Shifting Movements

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Megan Kurashige appears in Liss Fain’s “Known Once,” onstage at Z Space. (Courtesy RJ Muna)


Liss Fain Dance: The contemporary troupe stages “Known Once,” a performance installation about time and memory based on personal stories and movement developed with young people ages 11-13 and seniors in their 90s. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Bay to Breakers Expo
: Participants in Sunday’s big footrace can pick up their packets and find out about the latest in fitness technology, gear and nutrition. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Pier 35, The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs: The exhibit organized by the American Museum of Natural History, which focuses on prehistoric winged reptiles with interactive displays, fossils and larger-than-life models, opens for an extended run. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., California Academy of Science, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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: The contemporary troupe presents the premieres of “Be Here Now” by Trey McIntyre and “The Poetry of Being” by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins, as well as choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert’s “Broken Open.” [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F]

Oakland Symphony: Michael Morgan leads a concert version of the 1950 Tony-Award winning “Guys and Dolls” with the Oakland Symphony chorus. [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

The Wild Reeds: The harmonizing Los Angeles trio (Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe and Sharon Silva) span genres, from folk, to country to rock. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

S.F. Art Institute MFA Exhibition: Work by the school’s 65 graduating masters of fine arts students is celebrated at an evening reception. [7 to 9 p.m., San Francisco Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Dead Winter Carpenters: The “genre-bending” Americana band from North Lake Tahoe blends progressive bluegrass, roots rock and folk, pouring “heart and soul into each performance.” [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]


Shifting Movements: The multimedia exhibition of works by dozens of artists inspired by revolutionary California activist Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014), who campaigned for human rights across many movements, is the focus of the panel “Passing It On: Other Feminist Futures” with West Coast scholars. [2 to 4 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center, Main Gallery, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Common Grounds Family Day: The free arts festival presented by Intersection for the Arts offers four stages of music, theater, performance and activities including a crochet jam and “the drag queen edition” of face painting for children. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fifth and Natoma streets, S.F.]

Redwood City 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza: Entertainment on three stages, flowers for sale, fashions, a pioneer camp, an art show, a chicken wing tasting competition, barbecue, children’s activities and ethnic foods are on tap at the free festival. [Noon to 8:30 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Asian Improv Nation: Saxophonist Francis Wong and bassist Tatsu Aoki head up a combo playing pieces exploring “the nexus of traditional Japanese and Chinese music and improvised music.” [2 to 4 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Albany Consort: The performance features chamber music for recorder, oboe, violin, gamba and harpsichord by Handel, Vivaldi,Bach and Fasch. [7:30 p.m., Holy Innocents Church, 455 Fair Oaks St., S.F.]

Joey Ramone Birthday Bash: The New Wave City part celebrates the Ramones lead singer and music of New York City with videos from the Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Talking Heads and Mink DeVille. [9 p.m., Cat Club, 1190 Folsom St., S.F.]

Plum Sykes: The author of “Bergdorf Blondes” is promoting her latest book, “Party Girls Die in Pearls,” the first title in a new murder mystery series set at Oxford University in the 1980s.[4 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Kate Moore: The author speaks about “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women,” which details the plight of young women who got sick after working in World War I-era U.S. radium watch dial factories, and how they fought back against the companies that abused them. [4 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Dustbowl Revival: The Los Angeles-based Americana string and swing band offers a more soulful, funky sound on its new self-titled album. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Anticapitalist Fashion Show and Dance Party: The event, part of the Sex Worker Film and Art Festival, benefits St. James Infirmary, a clinic for current and former sex workers. [8 p.m., Stud, 399 9th St., S.F.]

New Century Chamber Orchestra: The group closes its 25th anniversary season with a Silver Jubilee Celebration of music by George Gershwin. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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