J.S. Ondara plays from his acclaimed album “Tales of America” at Cafe Du Nord on Monday. (Courtesy Josh Cheuse)

J.S. Ondara plays from his acclaimed album “Tales of America” at Cafe Du Nord on Monday. (Courtesy Josh Cheuse)

Good Day April 7-9, 2019

Midori, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Permission to Land, Avedis Chamber Music Series, Down Here Below, Gunna, J.S. Ondara, Charles Busch, Michio Kaku, Mieke Eerken, Sasami, Jess-Secret Compartments, Jack & Jack, Girlpool, Smino


Midori, Jean-Yves Thibaudet: The violin and piano virtuosos play works by Schumann, Faure, Debussy and Enescu in a Great Performers Series concert. [7:30 p.m., Davis Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Permission to Land Season Kick-Off: Sunset Sound System celebrates 25 years of providing dance music with a day-long event featuring DJs Maurice Fulton, Garth, Galen and Benjamin K. [1 to 9 p.m., Midway, 900 Marin St., S.F.]

Avedis Chamber Music Series: The annual Bach concert includes Coffee Cantata with vocalists Shawnette Sulker, Michael Desnoyers and Zachary Gordin; Trio Sonata in G major for two flutes and piano; Trio Sonata in D minor for flute, violin and piano and Concerto in F major with pianist Paul Hersh. [2 p.m., Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Down Here Below: Ubuntu Theater Project opens the premiere of a drama based on “The Lower Depths,” a portrait of poverty in 20th century Russia, but relocated to a homeless encampment in modern-day Oakland. [7 p.m., Flax Building, 1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland]

Avanti: The new music concert of chamber works by Bay Area composers Mark Alfenito, John Beeman, John Bilotta, Sondra Clark, Jacob Goodman, Steve Mobia, Sheli Nan, Karl Schmidt and Davide Verotta is presented by the local chapter of the National Association of Composers. [3 p.m., Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos]

Gunna: The rapper from Georgia is one of YouTube’s “Artists on the Rise.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Howl’s Moving Castle: On its 15th anniversary, the Japanese animated film by Hayao Miyazaki about a magical kingdom hits the big screen in a dubbed version. [12:55 p.m., Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]


J.S. Ondara: The musician, a native of Kenya, is promoting “Tales of America,” an album Rolling Stone called a “clear-eyed acoustic newcomer’s tale of American promise and calamity that establishes him as an invigorating new voice in American folk music.” [8:30 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Charles Busch: The actor, playwright, Tony nominee and cabaret entertainer appears in “Native New Yorker Songs and Tales of the Seventies and Early Eighties.” [7 p.m., Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F.]

Michio Kaku: The theoretical physicist and futurist discusses his newest book, “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth,” with Alexis Madrigal. [7:30 p.m., Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Mieke Eerkens: The local author launches “All Ships Follow Me: A Family Memoir of War Across Three Continents,” which describes the lasting impact of World War II on her parents, who lived in Indonesia, the Netherlands and the U.S. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Rough Readings Series: The Playwrights Foundation session focusing on early drafts of new works introduces Don Nguyen’s “The Supreme Leader,” a political comedy telling a coming-of-age story centered on Kim Jong-Un’s early days at a school in Switzerland. [7:30 p.m., Roble Hall, 374 Santa Teresa St., Stanford University]

Earplay: The contemporary chamber group’s concert “Sound & Shadow” includes a solo, two duos, a trio and a quartet in both traditional and unconventional instrumental combinations; a 6:45 p.m. talk precedes the music. [7:30 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Sasami: One critic said the Los Angeles singer-songwriter blends “an airy dream pop side and a heavier grungy side with expertise.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Jess: Secret Compartments: The exhibition of paintings, drawings and collaborative works by Jess Collins dating from the 1950s to the early 1990s has been extended through May 4. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Anglim Gilbert Gallery, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Celebrating Maya Angelou: San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck hosts a program devoted to the iconic poet and civil rights activist. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, S.F. Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Crush-Wine and California from the Padres to Paris: Author/Renaissance man John Briscoe, also the San Francisco Historical Society’s new executive director, shares his knowledge of California wine history. [7:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium, 460 Arguello Blvd., S.F.]

Jack & Jack: Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson comprise the Oklahoma-born, Los Angeles-based pop phenomenon; they’re on their Good Friends are Nice Tour. [8 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Girlpool: The latest release from the introspective Los Angeles indie duo (Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad) is “What Chaos Is Imaginary.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Smino: The rapper from St. Louis (aka Christopher Smith Jr.) released “blkswn” in 2017 and “NØIR” in 2018. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Dinosaurs of Comedy: The standup show features old-timers Michael Meehan, Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Johnny Steele and Diane Amos. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Chinese Instrumental Ensemble: The East-meets-West lecture-recital features Anita Tran on pipa, Winnie Chen and Elyssia Tingley on Chinese koto; Vicki Li on percussion, Philip Chao on bass and Andy Tran on guitar. [1 p.m., Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

The Mana Saxophone Quart: The groundbreaking ensemble displays its versatility in a program spanning from J.S. Bach to Philip Glass. [8 p.m., Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley]


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Charles Busch brings his New Yorker cabaret act with 1970-80s tunes to Oasis on Monday. (Courtesy Michael Wakefield)

Charles Busch brings his New Yorker cabaret act with 1970-80s tunes to Oasis on Monday. (Courtesy Michael Wakefield)

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