San Francisco’s The Nimbles, appearing Saturday at St. Cyprian's Church, play an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, Americana and more. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco’s The Nimbles, appearing Saturday at St. Cyprian's Church, play an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, Americana and more. (Courtesy photo)

Feb. 1-3: David Buckingham, Doc/Undoc, West Side Story, Modern Cinema, Berkeley Symphony, Castro Art Walk, Brainstorm, Jenny Lemons, Son Jarocho Festival, Tom Gun Live, Nimbles


David Buckingham: The artist, whose wall installations from recycled scrap metal are inspired by pop culture, opens his exhibit “If I Only Had a Brain.” [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter St., S.F.]

Doc/Undoc: Artist Felicia Rice launches her original multi-media, border-crossing hybrid book-as-art installation — which addresses the question “What does it mean to be documented or undocumented?” — with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Berkeley Symphony: The program, preceded by a 7 p.m. talk, includes Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique,” Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” and Gordon Getty’s “Joan and the Bells” with guest conductor Keitaro Harada and vocalists Lisa Delan and Lester Lynch. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, near Dana Street and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley campus]

A Streetcar Named Desire: Ubuntu Theater Project opens its run of the Tennessee Williams classic about envy, power and betrayal and what happens when Blanche Dubois finds her way to her sister’s doorstep. [8 p.m., Alice Collective, 272 14th St., Oakland]

West Side Story: San Francisco Symphony plays Leonard Bernstein’s score live at the film screening, the first of three performances led by David Newman. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Modern Cinema: The fifth season of the 18-day program presented by SFFILM and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art begins with a focus on French director Claire Denis, screening 2002’s “Friday Night,” described as “a celluloid dream of Paris after dark.” [7 p.m., Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Ethnicity and Culture that Harmonize with African Genealogy: The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California hosts the research session in which participants can find out about long-lost family members. [10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Center, fifth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Castro Art Walk: Ten establishments in the Castro open their doors with special displays and programs for the “First Thursday” event. [6 to 9 p.m., in and around Castro, Market, 17th and 18th streets, S.F.]

Brainstorm: A show of geometric works by self-taught artist Johnny “Ace” Acerno — part of SF “First Thursday” art walks — opens with a party. [8:30 to 11 p.m., Public Barber, 871 Geary St., S.F.]

Jenny Lemons: The retailer of hand-painted and block-printed women’s clothing and home goods opens a new store with a party and Valentine card-making activities. [6 to 9 p.m., 3043 24th St., S.F.]


NPR-rated Comedy: Hosted by San Francisco comic Kevin Whittinghill, the show takes jabs at the programming style of public broadcasting with segments such as the LGBTQ report and “Fairy Home Companion.” [8 p.m., PianoFight 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival: The sixth annual celebration of the folkloric music style of Veracruz hosts a free ritual known as Fandango de La Candelaria, “a late-night session of instruments, dancing, voices and verse.” [6 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Tom Gun Live: The wild interactive spoof dedicated to Tom Cruise and varied phases of his career includes “sing-a-longs, dance offs, audience-fueled paper airplane battles, flying liquids” and more. [8 and 9:30 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Dido and Aeneas and Suor Angelica: Phènix Opera Company, a group supporting local artists, opens a two-weekend run of a double bill featuring Purcell’s work about broken-hearted Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Puccini’s one-act about Sister Angelica, a woman forced to leave her child. [8 p.m., Spindrift School of Performing Arts, 1053 Crespi Drive, Pacifica]

Fran Lebowitz: Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the funny social commentator in conversation with Daniel Handler on the topic of literature in the first of three talks on varied subjects. [8 p.m., Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley]

On Playing Glass: To advance an 80th birthday concert honoring Philip Glass (on Feb. 20 in Davies Hall), Kronos Quartet and pianist Timo Andres, in a San Francisco Performances presentation, discuss Glass’ work and provide musical examples. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]]

DJ Destructo: The Los Angeles producer and bass aficionado is on his “Let’s Be Friends” tour. [9:30 p.m., Audio, 316 11th St., S.F.]


The Nimbles: The San Francisco band plays an eclectic mix of blues, jazz standards, country-esque rockers and an occasional sampling of world music, with male and female vocals, violin, mandolin and “every kind of guitar you can think of.” [7:30 p.m., St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St, S.F.]

Valentine Broadside Printing: Participants create unique keepsakes on the library’s 1909 Albion hand press, complete with a poem and illustration by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. [2 to 4 p.m., Main Library, History Center, sixth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Matoma: The Norwegian DJ and producer (“king of tropical and hip-hop fusion”) has collaborated with The Vamps, One Direction, Coldplay and Jason Derulo. [9 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Il Ritorno: Australia’s Circa Ensemble pairs circus acrobats with Monteverdi’s 17th century opera, “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.” [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Ethereal Landscape: Bay Area abstract artist Sahba Shere opens her show of new dream-like paintings, which reflect her meditations on the natural world, with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Themes+Projects, 1275 Minnesota St., Suite 205, S.F.]

Monica Chew: The Bay Area pianist (previously a software engineer at Mozilla and Google) plays an all-Beethoven program — Diabelli Variations, Bagatelles, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor — presented by Sunset Music and Arts. [4 p.m., Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

Shostakovich Series: In the second part of the musical conversation programming devoted to Dmitri Shostakovich, the Alexander String Quartet and San Francisco Performances’ music historian-in-residence Robert Greenberg play and discuss the Russian composer’s Quartet Nos. 9 and 10. [10 a.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Leo Kotke: Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presents the iconic American 6- and 12-string acoustic guitar virtuoso, “one of the most important and influential guitarists of our time.” [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits Powwow: The seventh annual free event — with dancing, singing, drumming, contests and vendors — celebrates traditional Native American culture and offers “a gender-affirming experience for the diverse two-spirits community and the LGBT community.” [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

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