Shawn Wayans plays two nights at Cobb’s Comedy Club. (Courtesy photo)

Feb. 21-23: Michael Wall, Yamini Nayar, Shawn Wayans, ALO, David Rodwin, Sanchez Art Center opening, Yoshi Flower, Creating Leonardo, Chinese New Year Parade, Capella SF, Neal Schon’s Journey Through Time

THURSDAY, FEB. 21

Michael Wall: The senior writer for space.com speaks about his book “Out There” A Scientific Guide To Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious).” [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]

Yamini Nayar: The artist’s new exhibition of solo works “If stone could give,” which explores “the fundamental intersection of sculpture and photography,” opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Gallery Wendi Norris Offsite space, 3344 24th St., S.F.]

Yellowjackets: The multi-Grammy winning group plays “challenging and unpredictable” compositions drawn from fusion, post-bop, and contemporary jazz.” [7:30 p.m., Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga]

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: The Grammy-nominated trumpeter and composer is known for playing in varied genres. [9 p.m., New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland]

International Mother Language Day: Community members of all ages are invited to tell stories, recite poems, or sing songs in their mother tongue around the theme of love in the free family-friendly session; RSVP required to hello@losaltoshistory.org. [6 to 8 p.m., Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

FRIDAY, FEB 22

Shawn Wayans: The comedian, writer and actor — of “In Living Color,” “Little Man,” “White Chicks” and “Scary Movie” fame — opens a two-night standup engagement. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

ALO: The California improv-heavy jam band opens a two-night stand: Friday on a bill with Hand Grenades, and on Saturday, with Tea Leaf Green. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

David Rodwin: The Moth StorySLAM champion appears in his hit one-person comedic storytelling show “F*ck Tinder: a love story.” [7:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F]

Sanchez Art Center opening: Three new exhibits — colorful mixed-media works by Maija Peeples-Bright, Skyline College student artworks and “On the Road’ by Art Guild of Pacifica members — are celebrated with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., 1220-B Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

The 7 Fingers: Montreal’s award-winning contemporary circus troupe appears in “Reversible,” an exploration of the role ancestors play in shaping modern identities. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, near Bancroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Howards End, America: Earplay and RealOpera present the premiere of the chamber opera by composer Allen Shearer and librettist Claudia Stevens inspired by the E.M. Forster novel and set in Boston. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony, with Manfred Honeck: The conductor leads Lars Vogt playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor and music by Strauss, J. Strauss Jr. and Von Suppé. [8 p.m.Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Yoshi Flower: The mult-genre artist, aka Josh Smith (formerly from the duo Gosh Pith) has “branched out on his own to create his own mashup on alternative, indie, electronic and hip-hop music.” [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Creating Leonardo: The two-day lecture-performance Humanities West program honoring Leonardo da Vinci’s contributions to art and science opens with talks by Stanford and Oxford scholars, dramatic readings of Italian poetry and a cappella music by Clerestory inspired by his masterworks.[7:30 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

BAYNK: The New Zealand producer is known for his “sensual textures and layered electronic arrangements.” [9 p.m., Independent. 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, FEB. 23

San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade: One of the biggest events of its kind, the annual 1.3 mile procession features thousands of participants and a huge golden dragon carried by dozens of people. [5:15 p.m., begins at Second and Market streets and goes down Market to Geary, Powell, Post and Kearny streets, ending at Columbus Avenue, S.F.]

Cappella SF: Directed by Ragnar Bohlin, the professional choral group’s concert “New Music from Sweden and America” includes pieces written in the past 20 years, three specifically for the ensemble. [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

Neal Schon’s Journey Through Time: The guitarist, a founding member of Journey, appears with Gregg Rolie, Deen Castronovo and Marco Mendoza in a concert of tunes from all phases of the Bay Area band’s career. [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Dash & Splash: Special Olympics Northern California hosts the 2019 United Airlines fundraiser, which includes a 5K run along the San Francisco Bay and the Polar Plunge, with warm-hearted souls diving into chilly water for charity. [9:30 a.m., Aquatic Park, 700 Beach St., S.F.]

Films of Remembrance: The film showcase about Executive Order 9066, which set in motion the relocation of some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry into American concentration camps during World War II, begins with a free talk by Arthur A. Hansen, who wrote two books on the topic. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

An Inexhaustive Study of Power: Artists Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope speak at an opening reception for their show, which transforms a gallery into a suite of decorated and furnished rooms with “nods to the ornamental style found across ‘selfie-ready’ social media posts.” [3 to 5 p.m., Catharine Clark Gallery, 248 Utah St., S.F.]

Chanteys-The African American and Caribbean Connection: Guests are invited to sing along in the ranger-led Black History Month program presented by the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. [1 p.m., aboard the Eureka, Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde St., S.F.]

Patrick Kilpatrick: The veteran actor who’s appeared on TV and in movies (including playing against Tom Cruise and Jessica Alba) speaks about his memoir, “Dying for Living: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot.” [2 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 5604 Bay St., Emeryville]

Black Vines: The eighth annual event, “a toast to black wineries and diverse art,” offers hors d’oeuvres, a keepsake wine glass and tastings from featured vintners. [1 p.m., DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St., Oakland]

Banda Magda: Led by Greek-born composer, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, the group’s show offers South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, audience participation, mid-century classics and world melodies in six languages. [8 p.m., Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga]

Decibel Magazine Tour: Death metal bands Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel co-headline in the U.S. for the first time, with Bay Area “brutalizers” Necrot and “space-obsessed Denver death dealers” Blood Incantation opening. [7 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Josiah McElheny-Island Universe: Opening Saturday and running through Aug. 19, the installation of metal, glass and lights “is an attempt to visualize something impossible to see: the big bang.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University]

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