Leila Josefowicz is guest soloist in San Francisco Symphony concerts this week featuring John Adams’ “Scheherazade.2” and pre-concert talks by the composer. (Courtesy Chris Lee)

Leila Josefowicz is guest soloist in San Francisco Symphony concerts this week featuring John Adams’ “Scheherazade.2” and pre-concert talks by the composer. (Courtesy Chris Lee)

Feb. 22-23: San Francisco Symphony with Leila Josefowicz, Thalea String Quartet, Disney On Ice, Deborah Crombie, The Palms, Diet Cig, Rural Alberta Advantage, Vir Das

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22

San Francisco Symphony: Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs John Adams’ celebration of female strength “Scheherazade.2” on a program with selections from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ladies’ Knight: The free chess club for women, led by renowned chess master Lauren Goodkind and for players of all levels, is offered the fourth Wednesday of each month. [6 p.m., Main Library, fourth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Thalea String Quartet: The ensemble plays Joan Tower’s 1994 “Night Fields” and Mendelssohn’s last string quartet, Op. 80 (1847) in the concert, which is part of San Francisco Performances’ Spring Salon series. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

How to Write a Business Plan: In the workshop led by Barney Kramer of Strategic Management, a business consulting consortium, patrons will create their own actual plan during the session. [5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic room, S.F. Public Library, 1000 Larkin St., S.F.]

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment: Opening a four-day South Bay engagement, the skating spectacular boasts favorite characters from “Toy Story 3,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Frozen.” [7 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Deborah Crombie: The author speaks about “Garden of Lamentations,” the latest book in her Duncan Kincaid-Gemma James mystery series. [7 p.m., A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland]

The Palms: The Los Angeles band has been described as what “The Weeknd would sound like under the guise of reggae-tinged indie-psych”; The Young Wild, Warbly Jets and Nyre open the Noise Pop show. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Diet Cig: The pop punk duo (guitarist-vocalist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman) that formed in September 2014 in New Paltz, N.Y., plays from its anticipated debut album “Swear I’m Good At This.” [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Rural Alberta Advantage: The indie folk trio from Toronto is known for percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak, relentless touring and a recognition among die-hards as Canada’s best unsigned band. [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Judd Winick: The Children’s Choice Award-winning graphic novel author and artist talks about his new release “HiLo Book Three: The Great Big Boom!” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

THURSDAY, FEB. 23

Vir Das
: India’s top comedian performing in English — known for going beyond “Kwik-E-Mart humor” and his “raw, edgy, intelligent and relevant” material — kicks off a three-night engagement. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 925 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Elegy for Ghost Ship
: The free evening honoring fire victims includes prayer, an altar, performances by throat singer Enrique Ugalde “Soriah,” butoh artist Luku, opera singer Marisa Lenhardt Patton, the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and Singers of the Streets choirs, poet Lyle Beckman and others. [8 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Why Facts Don’t Trump the President
: George Lakoff, UC Berkeley professor of linguistics, and Climate One founder Greg Dalton lead a conversation about how Bay Area brains helped elect Donald Trump and how locals learn ways to “think and talk in this new political world.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Letters Home from Stanford: Editor Alison Carpenter Davis, a 1979 Stanford graduate, discusses her new collection of handwritten and electronic correspondences of generations of Stanford students. [6 p.m., Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University]

Zinfandel Experience: The three-day event devoted exclusively to zinfandel begins with a welcome reception and farm-to-table dinner. [6 p.m., One Market Restaurant, 1 Market St., S.F.]

Brigitte DeMeyer, Will Kimbrough: The Americana duo from Nashville — with “warm vocal chemistry” and “recommended for fans of Patty Griffin, Buddy and Julie Miller,” is promoting its CD “Mockingbird Soul.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Shanghai Angel: Soprano Heather Klein, known as the Yiddish chanteuse, premieres her one-woman musical based on the journey of her grandmother, who, as an 18-year-old Austrian native in 1940, fled from Vienna to Shanghai to the U.S., where she was detained at Angel Island. [6:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.].

Tash Sultana
: The self-taught Australian multi-instrumentalist, beat boxing vocalist and “guitar-tapping loopoligist” comes to the U.S. backing her EP “Norton” in a sold-out show. [7:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]
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