Sean Dorsey Dance premieres "Boys In Trouble" at Z Space. (Courtesy Lydia Daniller)

Sean Dorsey Dance premieres "Boys In Trouble" at Z Space. (Courtesy Lydia Daniller)

April 18-19: In the Line of Fire, Takacs Quartet, The House Imaginary, Best Democracy Money Can Buy, NASA’s InSight Lander-Mission to Mars, Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market, SPCA’s 150th Anniversary Gala, Sean Dorsey Dance, Susan Graham, Commonwealth Club Distinguished Citizen Dinner


In the Line of Fire: The exhibit of photos by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Kim Komenich and former Reuters photo bureau chief Lou Dematteis is on view through May 23. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Front Page Gallery, CCSF Department of Journalism, 50 Phelan Ave., Bungalow 615, S.F.]

Takacs Quartet: The renowned ensemble plays a program including Mozart’s Quartet No. 14 in G Major, Dohnanyi’s Quartet No. 2 in D-flat Major and Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 6 in F minor. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F

The House Imaginary: Running through Aug. 19, the exhibition in which “artists use the idea of the single-family house to explore memory, identity and belonging” opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St., San Jose]

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Investigative reporter and filmmaker Greg Palast speaks at a screening of his new documentary, subtitled “Stolen Election Edition,” which describes how Republicans finance a program designed to check voter fraud, then use it to their advantage. [7:30 p.m., Grand Lake Theater 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland]

NASA’s InSight Lander: Mission to Mars: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Exploratorium scientists share information about geophysical instruments being used to delve beneath the surface of Mars in the first interplanetary launch from the West Coast. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Webcast Studio, Exploratorium, The Embarcadero, S.F.

Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market: “Women Movers & Shakers,” a fund raiser for the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, offers sips and bites by female bartenders and chefs promoting sustainability, equity, and innovation. [5:30 p.m., 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Haus Serpens: The radical performance art presenter hosts an evening of subversive cirque, showgirls and side shows featuring Laika Fox, Hunny Bunny, Dizzy Fromearlier, Kristee Ono, Cellista, Bored Lord, with mistress of ceremonies Alexa Von Kickinface. [8:30 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

The Clock Strikes Thirteen Tour: The hip hop, rap, reggae, electronica and dance show features Oso Negro, Z-Man, True Justice and Eva Rhymes. [9 p.m., Elbo Room Jack London, 311 Broadway, Oakland]

Black Mare: The solo project of Sara Timms (of the death metal band Ides Of Gemini) headlines a post-punk bill with Foie Gras and Silence in the Snow. [8:30 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

S.F. SPCA 150th Anniversary Gala: The organization kicks off a series of events celebrating decades of caring for animals with a $1,000-per-person fund-raiser gala with host Liam Mayclem, entertainment by Paula West and SFJAZZ Cats, and appearances by Gov. Jerry Brown’s dog Colusa and LiLou, SPCA’s animal assisted therapy program pig. [6:30 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

alt-J: The Mercury Prize-winning English indie band headlines a concert with Southern California pop band The Neighbourhood. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Sean Dorsey Dance premieres “Boys In Trouble” at Z Space. (Courtesy Lydia Daniller)


Sean Dorsey Dance: The contemporary troupe opens a four-performance run of its premiere “Boys In Trouble,” an evening of works by the trailblazing trans choreographer that addresses “masculinity with unflinchingly honesty from unapologetically trans and queer perspectives.” [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Susan Graham: The mezzo-soprano joins the San Francisco Symphony orchestra led by Yan Pascal Tortelier in a “French Greats” program of music by Debussy and Ravel. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Commonwealth Club Distinguished Citizen Gala
: Leon and Sylvia Panetta, John L. Hennessy, Mary G. F. Bitterman and Nancy E. Pfund are the honorees at the civic and free-speech organization’s annual fund-raiser, the first at its new permanent home. [5 p.m., 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Taste 2018: The fund-raiser for nonprofit visual arts center Root Division includes offerings from more than 20 local chefs and mixologists creating treats on site in the gallery and studio. [6 p.m., Root Division, 1131 Mission St., S.F.]

Holly Johnston/Ledges and Bones: The dance troupe premieres “Skin Leaves,” a 45-minute evening of “embodied stories of selfhood” with movement, music and visual design. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Kearny Street Workshop: The nonprofit promoting Asian Pacific American artists celebrates 45 years with a dinner prepared by People Kitchen Collective’s Sita Bhaumik followed by conversation between novelist-playwright Jessica Hagedorn and Bernice Yeung and performance by Bay Area rapper-poet Ruby Ibarra. [6 p.m., Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., fourth floor, S.F.]

Love, Bombs & Apples: Golden Thread Productions stages the local premiere of Iraqi-British Hassan Abdulrazzak’s comedy about a Palestinian, an Englishman, a Pakistani and an American all “experiencing a moment of revelation.” [8 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]
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