Starting Saturday, general admission to Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will be free for San Francisco residents on Saturdays, under a new program; however, separate tickets to the new special exhibition “Early Rubens,” which opens Saturday at the Legion of Honor, are required. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Good Day April 4-6, 2019

SF Library Death and Dying series, Cultura y Resistencia, Paradox Observed, Sierra Boggess, Queen of the Mist, Early Rubens, Mads Lynnerup, Aiya Kyu, Mission Spring Open Studios, Ensemble for These Times, Lamplighters, ODC Pilot 71

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

S.F. Public Library Death and Dying series: In “How Different Faith Traditions View Death,” local speakers from varied religious groups talk about spiritual guidance they can offer patients at the end of their lives. [5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Community Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

I’m Not Running: The National Theatre Live presentation is a high-definition film of the production of English playwright David Hare’s 2018 state-of-the-nation drama staged in London. [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose]

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

Cultura y Resistencia: A reception opens the exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of Los Siete de la Raza, a movement started after seven young Latinos from the Mission District accused of killing a police offer in 1969 were exonerated. [6 p.m., Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th St., S.F.]

Paradox Observed: Bay Area conceptual artist Catherine Wagner speaks at the opening of her exhibition, which includes the installation “Pomegranate Wall,” an 8-foot by 40-foot arc of photographs taken with an MRI machine. [5:30 p.m., San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St., San Jose]

Baker Grace: The young singer-songwriter, playing a Popscene concert with Tennyson, counts Carole King to Tupac Shakur as artists who helped form her own musical sensibilities. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

The Empire Strips Back: The burlesque parody features all of the classic “Star Wars” characters. [8 p.m., Warfield, Market St., S.F.]

Stella Donnelly: The singer-songwriter from Western Australia debuts her album “Beware of the Dogs” on a Noise Pop bill with Atlanta composer and photographer Faye Webster. [8:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Old Salt Union: The five-piece string band from St. Louis has been playing progressive bluegrass for nearly a decade. [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Andy Frasco and the U.N.: The head of the rockin’ blues band from Los Angeles has been called a “rule breaker, party maestro, all around awesome man and talent. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Nigga-Roo: Opening a three-weekend run, the winner of Best of the 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival is a multidisciplinary solo performance by Dazié Grego-Sykes that “explores blackness as a social construct.” [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Sierra Boggess: The Broadway ingenue opens a two-night engagement, singing tunes from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Secret Garden,” “The Little Mermaid” and more. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Queen of the Mist: The musical by Michael John LaChiusa based on the true story of Anna Edson Taylor, who in 1901 at 63 tried to become the first woman to go over Niagara Falls, opens a three-weekend run. [8 p.m., Tabard Theatre, 29 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose]

Cass McCombs: The video for “Sleeping Volcanoes,” the centerpiece tune off the singer songwriter’s ninth full-length album “Tip of the Sphere,” was shot in San Francisco and Marin. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Oakland Ballet Company: “Jazz Vistas” includes the premiere of “The Oaktown Blues,” with new choreography by Obat Abbit, Vincent Chavez, Ramona Kelley, Graham Lustig, Natalya Shoaf and Dazaun Soleyn. [8 p.m., Florence Schwimley Little Theater, Berkeley High School, 1930 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Time Sensitive: For its 15th anniversary, Ragged Wing Ensemble revives the show, a dark fantasy “set sometime in the near future” which asks viewers to think about ways they make themselves “slaves of time.” [8 p.m., Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland]

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Early Rubens: Opening Saturday and running through Sept. 8, the exhibition of some 50 works, the first dedicated to the pivotal Antwerp years (1609-1621) of Peter Paul Rubens’ early career, tells the story of his development as a master painter “with a gift for depicting seductive and shocking narratives.” [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th St., S.F.]

O! darkly, deeply, beautifully blue: The show of “blue-themed” works by artists James Chronister, Kira Dominguez Hultgren, Dana Hemenway and Paul Wackers — inspired by a quote from Lord Byron — opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Eleanor Harwood Gallery, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Plein Air Travels: The exhibit of paintings by Italian-born, San Francisco artist Lucia Gonnella opens with a reception. [3 to 6 p.m., Hayes Valley Art Works Gallery, 295 Oak St., S.F.]

Mads Lynnerup: The chair of San Francisco Art Institute’s New Genres Department leads a conversation about his “satirical, irreverent” video program screening daily at the gallery. [2 p.m., McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 1150 25th St., Building B, S.F.]

Urban Composting: The free workshop offers information on how to create a backyard compost using worms that make fertilizer. [10 a.m., Garden for the Environment, 1590 Seventh Ave., S.F.]

Aiya Kyu: The manga artist signs copies of “The Rising of the Shield Hero” in an exclusive, ticketed pre-release event presented by Crunchyroll. [2 to 7 p.m., Kinokuniya, 1581 Webster St., S.F.]

Mission Spring Open Studios: Dozens of artists, including painters, printmakers, photographers, jewelry makers and potters in independent studios and large collectives open their workplaces and sell their wares in the 10th anniversary weekend event across the Mission. [Noon to 6 p.m., visit missionartists.org for locations]

George Hurd: The composer’s free “Echolocation” concert includes field recordings, beats, classical instruments, street musicians and electronic sounds synced with lighting and video projections. [7:30 p.m., Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View]

Performing Political Education-Fighting Formations: The project, an exploration of making music together as way to creating “an emergent community-accountability framework” opens with performances by poet Tongo Eisen-Martin and sound by Marshall Trammell, Sharmi Basu, Umesh Mallery and Jemma DeCristo. [7 p.m., Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St., S.F.]

Jeffrey Nemeroff: The painter opens his show of 20 seascapes called “Ephemeral Seas Vol. 2,” with a reception, including a 2 p.m. talk. [Noon to 5 p.m., Far Out Gallery, 3004 Taraval St., S.F.]

Ensemble for These Times: The contemporary chamber group — soprano Nanette McGuinness, cellist Anne Lerner-Wright, pianist Dale Tsang and composer David Garner — opens its 11th season with a free concert inspired by the film noir period of 1940s Hollywood. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Lamplighters Music Theatre: The troupe presents a double bill of one-act operettas, “Trial By Jury, considered Gilbert and Sullivan’s original hit, and “Trial by Jury Duty,” an original Lamplighter spoof. [2 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

ODC Pilot 71: “Six Second Rule” includes cutting-edge dance by local choreographers Hayley Bowman, Alyssa Mitchel, Jenna Valez, Ayana Yonesaka, and the team of Kylie Woodward-Sollesnes and Emma Lanier. [8 p.m., ODC Dance Commons, Studio B, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]

Dilly Dally: Frontwoman Katie Monks, according to Billboard, described her Toronto band’s 2018 noise rock album “Heaven” as “a bunch of self-help tools for people to get out of depression.” [8:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story: The piano virtuoso known for one-person shows telling stories of famed composers examines the life and music of Claude Debussy in the premiere, presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

The Vampire Tour of San Francisco: Jerry Knaak, author of “The Dark Passage Series,” leads a $25-per-person walking excursion to promote the neo-Gothic “The Dark Terror,” the third title. [7 p.m., California and Taylor streets, S.F.]

Mark Foehringer’s Alice in Wonderland: In its second season, the dance performance for families inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famed story opens a two-weekend run. [11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Oakland Interfaith Family of Choirs: Directed by Terrance Kelly, the singers appear in their annual free spring concert. [7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland]

Dimensions Dance Theater: The spring program by the oldest African-American dance troupe on the West Coast includes premieres by longtime company members Erik Lee and Latanya Tigner. [8 p.m., Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland]

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