Thousands of runners will descend on San Francisco for Sunday’s 100th anniversary of the Zazzle Bay to Breakers, but the event will be less of a party than in years past — at least if race organizers have their way. Read More
Lectures‘Monday Night Philosophy’: The program, with NBC Bay Area news anchor Diane Dwyer, explores the disruptive force of the Internet throughout the established news media. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Around townMusicBach concertos: The Archetti ensemble performs a Mother’s Day concert featuring two of Bach’s merry Brandenburg concertos, Brandenburgs No. 4 and 5, and other works. [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.] Read More
Lectures Joel Brinkley: The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist talks about the troubles that continue to plague the people of Cambodia, more than a generation after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]Lisa Gold: The ethnomusicologist, musician and author of “Balinese Gamelan Music” speaks on gamelan music and shadow-puppet theater. [6:30 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 581-3701] Read More
There are no tentative responses to Gustav Mahler’s music.
San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, 66, who first experienced it at age 13, calls it “this shattering joyous noise from a supreme symphonist — something that made me a different person.”
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was 15, he says, when Mahler’s music hit him “like a bolt of lightning.” Read More
No sooner do the Grand Guignol masters at Thrillpeddlers close their record-breaking 22-month run of “Pearls Over Shanghai” than they check into the palace. Technically that’s the “Vice Palace: The Last Cockettes Musical,” which opens this week and runs through July. Read More
WHO’S IN TOWN
Paul Simon performs a sold-out concert at Davies Symphony Hall. Simon’s North America tour celebrates the release of “So Beautiful or So What,” the singer-songwriter’s first new record in five years.
Paul Allen: The co-founder of Microsoft appears in conversation with multimedia journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. [7 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; www.keplers.com] Read More
WHO’S IN TOWN
Hiromitsu Agatsuma, a leading force in Japan’s traditional-music boom, performs at Yoshi’s. Pianist Yoichi Nozaki accompanies him this evening. Partial proceeds benefit Japanese earthquake relief. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]
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WHO’S IN TOWNJulius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, discusses challenges facing the FCC. [7 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View]LECTURESWorld press: Journalists from the Knight Fellows Program discuss how to fit current technology into reporting of events that are driven by traditional conflicts. [7:30 p.m., Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos] Read More
In playwright Terrence McNally’s “Master Class,” an imperious opera diva schools a small group of gifted voice students in both technical training and reminiscences from her fabled career.
If you substitute beloved for imperious you have the perfect description for “An Evening with Frederica von Stade” at San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Tuesday. Read More