Mia Diawara, left, and Christine Chung appear in “I, Too, Sing America,” a song-and-dance show returning by popular demand. (Courtesy Lorenz Angelo Gonzales)

Feb. 14-16: I, Too, Sing America, Valentine’s Day Poem Jam, Violet, SoMaNights, Paige & The Clementines, Love Eclectic, The Poetics of Distortion-Panoramic Photographs of the Bay Area, Black Choreographers Festival, Kacey Musgraves


I, Too, Sing America: San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company kicks off the interdisciplinary show — which “honors and weaves the perspectives and experiences of American artists of color with poetry, song, music and movement” — with a preview performance. [8 p.m., Brava Theatre Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Valentine’s Day Poem Jam: San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and guests Luiza Flynn-Goodlett and James Cagney appear in a special holiday poetry session. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Violet: Bay Area Musicals stages the 1960s-set show inspired by the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” about a woman on a journey to heal featuring a folk-bluegrass score by Jeanine Tesori of “Fun Home” fame and book by Brian Crawley. [8 p.m., Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St., S.F.]

The Last Servant of Sister Imani: TheatreFirst opens it production of the drama by Cleavon Smith, an exploration of injustice, about the lives and rise of two college friends who share a love of music. [8 p.m., Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Beau Jest: The Tabard Theatre Company production of James Sheridan’s comedy about a Jewish woman who hires an actor to play a boyfriend who meets her parents’ approval opens with a pay-what-you-can preview. [8 p.m., Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose]


SoMa Nights:The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins, 1986-1994: The GLBT Historical Society hosts a reception for the show of images depicting the darkest years of the AIDS crisis in The City, many taken for the gay weekly The Sentinel. [7 p.m., 4127 18th St., S.F.]

Paige & The Clementines: The San Francisco singer-songwriter playing Americana-folk-soul is joined by James Nash on guitar, Jordan Feinstein on keys and Gabe Ford on drums. [9 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Love Eclectic: The indie romantic comedy by Bill Brown, about a quirky retro couple whose nasty breakup is foiled by a lost lottery ticket worth a lot of money pushing them back together, gets its local premiere. [6:30 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

The Poetics of Distortion-Panoramic Photographs of the Bay Area: The show by Cincinnati-based photographer Thomas R. Schiff, whose innovative techniques present new views of familiar places and structures, opens with an artist’s talk and reception. [4:30 to 8 p.m., Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Open Your Heart Pajama Drive: The Pajama Program, which provides pajamas and books for children in foster care, is collecting donations of new PJs, books and money. [7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 170 S. Market St., San Jose]

The Crooked Jades: The Americana band, which adds European and African influences to its sound, releases “Empathy Moves the Water.” [8 p.m., Lost Church, 65 Capp St., S.F.]

Arnez J: The actor and Def Comedy Jam star kicks off a two-night, four performance standup engagement. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Black Choreographers Festival: The event celebrates its 15th anniversary with four weekends showcasing different artists, beginning in San Francisco with works by Byb Chanel Bibene, Gregory Dawson, Joanna Haigood, Antoine Hunter, Robert Henry Johnson and Raissa Simpson. [7:30 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Kacey Musgraves: The country artist’s “Golden Hour” received a Grammy for 2018’s album of the year. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

WinterFest: The Jewish Film Institute’s sixth annual seasonal two-day, nine offering film showcase opens with “Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People,” a documentary about the newsman, a Jewish immigrant from Hungary who challenged a popular president and fought for freedom of the press. [Noon, Alamo Drafhouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F.]

New Wave City: The club night focuses on the New Romantic era, with music by Visage, Bowie, Duran Duran, Roxy Music, Japan, Spandau Ballet, Adam & the Ants and more from resident DJs Shindog & Callum McGowan. [9 p.m., Cat Club, 1190 Folsom St., S.F.]

Red Hots Burlesque: Performers doing burlesque, belly dance, flamenco, drag and more appear in the free cabaret show. [9 p.m., Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St., S.F.]

Steve Gunn: The Brooklyn, N.Y. singer-songwriter, and guitarist in Kurt Vile’s backing band The Violators, plays from his solo album “The Unseen In Between.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Omer Quartet: Noe Valley Chamber Music Classical Kids presents the ensemble in an interactive, family-friendly concert featuring masterpieces by Debussy, Bartok and Haydn. [10:30 a.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival: The two-day event offers internationally celebrated family-friendly films, special presentations from Pixar filmmakers, hands-on animation workshops and more. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland]

Babá Ken Okulolo: The beloved Bay Area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist teacher and multi-instrumentalist performs in concert with friends. [9 p.m., 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley]

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