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Sept. 14-15: Port: SF/LA, SF Symphony Opening Gala Concert, Painters Exploring Italy, Lupin the 3rd, Cafe Stories, Wilsen, Group Hang, Tale of Autumn

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Lawrence Radecker and Nora el Samahy appear in Crowded Fire’s “A Tale of Autumn.” (Courtesy Cheshire Isaacs)
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 14

PORT: SF/LA: The evening of dance features premieres by FACT/SF, a local troupe headed by Charles Slender-White, and LA Contemporary Dancompany, headed by Genevieve Carson. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for a concert of works by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Ravel and Bernstein. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Painters Exploring Italy: A survey of works created by Beryl Landau and Anthony Holdsworth, who have traveled and painted in Italy on extensive visits, opens with a reception and artists’ talk. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lupin the 3rd-The Castle of Cagliostro: The debut film by master animator Hayao Miyazaki screens, in a presentation with previously unseen footage, creator comments and an introduction from Pixar’s John Lasseter. [7 p.m., Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Daly City 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]

Café Stories: The Unknown Players’ show of new plays by Vonn Scott Bair, Raul Delarosa and Lorraine Midanik that “restore the kinetic café culture of the 1990s to the stage” opens a three-week run. [8 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., S.F.]

Wilsen: One critic described the Brooklyn trio’s LP “I Go Missing in My Sleep” as the “finest folk debut of 2017.” [8:30 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

NightLife Live: The installment of California Academy of Science’s weekly Thursday after-hours bash offers sample-based electronic music from Ryan Hemsworth & Qrion and a DJ set by Aaron Axelsen + Omar Perez presented by Popscene. [6 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Group Hang closing reception: The Facebook Artist-in-Residence program concludes its public group exhibit with a gathering celebrating the publication of a book showcasing installations completed by artists in residence since 2012. [7 p.m., Lab, 2948 16th St., S.F.]


FRIDAY, SEPT. 15

A Tale of Autumn: Crowded Fire stages the premiere of Christopher Chen’s absurdist psychological rise-to-power fable about what unfolds in the struggle to find a successor for a benevolent but formidable leader of a socially minded company. [8 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

Lee Morgan memories: The Scott Foster Quartet plays music by the late jazz trumpeter, followed by a talk by Larry Reni Thomas, author of “The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan,” which tells the story of North Carolina resident Helen Morgan and her life with her musical husband, whom she fatally shot in 1972. [5:30 to 10 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Henry Jamison: On his new album “The Wilds,” the Vermont-based singer-songwriter adds an electronic touch to his folk style; he co-headlines with Gracie and Rachel, a “study in duality” — light and dark, classical and pop, California and New York. [9 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Heidi Lubin: The mixed-media artist opens “/kän strəkt/” — a show of sculptures, drawings and photography that blurs “the lines between fantasy and reality, desire and access and power and powerlessness”– with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m. Mohr Gallery, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View]

Rita Rudner: The veteran comedian is known for her soft-spoken humor, quick one-liners and charming delivery. [8 p.m., Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore]

Starlog 1979: A show of work by 24 artists with the theme “Star Trek reimagined as inspired pinball art” opens with a reception. [5 to 9 p.m., Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St., Alameda]

Wailers: The late Bob Marley’s famed reggae band is steered by bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, joined by original Wailers’ guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Monterey Jazz Festival: The 60th annual three-day event featuring hundreds of artists on eight stages opens with Kenny Barron Trio’s tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and Herbie Hancock. [6 p.m., County Fairgrounds, 2000 Fairground Road, Monterey]

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