“Lyric Pieces,” a dance set to music by Edvard Grieg, is on Jessica Lang Dance’s program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Thursday through Saturday, presented by San Francisco Performances. (Courtesy Christopher Duggan)

“Lyric Pieces,” a dance set to music by Edvard Grieg, is on Jessica Lang Dance’s program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Thursday through Saturday, presented by San Francisco Performances. (Courtesy Christopher Duggan)

Feb. 27-28: Jill Abramson, Bill Griffith, Paula Williams Madison, Jenifer K Wofford, Key Lewis, Adreinne Waheed, Rebecca Solnit, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, Jessica Lang Dance, Steve Tyrell


Jill Abramson: The former New York Times editor discusses her book “Merchants of Truth,” a “story of the precarious state of the news business” that examines tensions between print media and online reporting. [Noon at Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.; and 7:30 p.m. at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Bill Griffith, Paula Williams Madison: The CNBC co-anchor and author share personal stories and “shocking” discoveries they made as they learned about their family histories in a Silicon Valley Commonwealth Club presentation. [7:30 p.m., De Anza Visual and Performing Arts Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino]

Jenifer K Wofford: The artist speaks about “Limning the Liminal,” an exhibition combining her “iconic studies of nurses and Filipina comfort women” and recent paintings “examining the aftermath of seismic disruptions.” [5 to 6 p.m., Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room, University of San Francisco, 2497 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Key Lewis: The Sacramento-born comic — billed as “ 1/2 Black, 1/2 White, Looks Mexican!” and a self-described “improvisational, storytelling, multiple-personality nutcase!” appears with special guests. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Kevin Killian, Patrick Mellor: To celebrate poet Lew Ellingham’s birthday, the writers discuss their work; Killian reads from “Fascination,”a memoir of gay life in 1970s Long Island, and Mellor launches his poetry volume “Alkali Shores.” [7 p.m.. Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

COIN: The Nashville alterna-pop trio — Chase Lawrence on vocals/keys, Joe Memmel on guitar/vocals and Ryan Winnen on drums — headlines a bill with up-and-coming Nashville pop artist Tessa Violet, with the new single “Bad Ideas.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Anemone: Noise Pop presents the alternative psychedelic rock band from Montreal led by Chloé Soldevila; Bay Area acts Sugar Candy Mountain and Li Xi open. [8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Redstone Labor Temple Sanctuary Community: The free event, with live music, artists, poets and performances, celebrates 104 years of social and economic justice organizing. [6 to 8 p.m., 2940 16th St., S.F.]

Albert Hammond Jr: The solo artist, formerly The Strokes’ guitarist, plays from his 2018 album “Francis Trouble” in a Noise Pop festival show. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Field Medic: The act of Kevin Patrick, who calls his sound “freak folk/post country with an emphasis on finger style guitar and lyrics,” appears on a Noise Pop bill with Haley Heynderickx and KERA. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Adreinne Waheed: The photographer speaks about her book “Black Joy & Resistance,” which “documents the spirit of black people when they tap into their authentic selves,” with curator-activist Anyka Barber. [6:30 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Rebecca Solnit: City Arts & Lectures presents the columnist and writer — whose most recent volume is “Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays),” in conversation with Astra Taylor. [7:30 p.m., Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Juan Alvarado Valdivia: The author celebrates the release of “Ballad of a Slopsucker: Stories,” a compilation in which he “brings to high relief contemporary lives of Latinos searching for meaning in California’s cities, towns and barrios.” [7:30 p.m., Pegasus, 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Arthur Jafa: The artist-filmmaker appears at a screening of “Dreams Are Colder Than Death,” an experimental film/essay that asks: “What is the concept of blackness? What does it mean for people of color living in America today?” [7 p.m., Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Pikelny and Duncan: Banjoist Noam Pikelny and fiddler Stuart Duncan, “modern masters of American roots music,” perform an evening of originals and classics in a duo format. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Martin Barre: The rock veteran is best known for his work as the guitarist in Jethro Tull; Bay Area rocker Matt Jaffe, whose latest album is “The Spirit Catches You,” opens. [8 p.m., Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley]


Jessica Lang Dance: In what’s being billed as its final season, the acclaimed “genre-bending” New York troupe opens a three-day run of a versatile program with pieces set to music by Tony Bennett, Grieg and Beethoven. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Steve Tyrell: The Grammy Award winner opens a four-performance run of his cabaret act with selections from his newly expanded “Back to Bacharach” album, his 2018 album “A Song for You” and Great American Songbook favorites. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Reach Out and Touch: The documentary about Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial Church screens, followed by discussion about how the pastor’s philosophy of radical inclusion and love informs Glide’s programs today. [7 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.]Adreinne WaheedBill GriffithJenifer K WoffordJessica Lang DanceJill AbramsonJuan Alvarado ValdiviaKey LewisPaula Williams MadisonRebecca SolnitSteve Tyrell

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