Good Day March 21-23, 2019

California Historical Society railroad exhibitions, Little Boy book release, Lamplighters Music Theatre, In The Belly of the Eagle, Watsky, Deathtrap, Isaac Mizrahi, Mark Foehringer’s Dance Theatre, Urban Retreat, Craig Jessup, William T. Wiley

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

California Historical Society railroad exhibitions: Marking the 150th anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad are photographer Mark Ruwedel’s series of images of abandoned or never completed railroads throughout the West, and a collection drawing on CHS archives illustrating the railroad’s impact on the industry and culture of the state. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Little Boy book release: Peter Maravelis of City Lights and authors Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Krasny, Armistead Maupin, Joyce Carol Oates, Julien Poirier, Andrew Sean Greer and Shobha Rao read in honor of the new book by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who celebrates his 100th birthday on March 24. [7 p.m., 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

San Jose Museum of Art Third Thursday: The after-hours session programming includes Exotopia, a virtual reality installation presented by the SETI Institute, and “San José Stories: The Vietnamese Diaspora,” a video mapped installation about the local Vietnamese-American community by artist-professor Robin Lasser. [5 to 9:30 p.m., 110 S. Market St., San Jose]

Prose at The Poetry Center: Writers R.O. Kwon (“The Incendiaries”) and San Francisco State University Creative Writing Chair, professor Nona Caspers (“The Fifth Woman”), read from their prose. [7 p.m., Poetry Center, Humanities Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., 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. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Kill The Debbie Downers! Kill Them! Kill Them! Kill Them Off!: Shotgun Players begin preview performances of the interactive theater piece inspired by Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” [8 p.m., Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley]

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

In The Belly of the Eagle: Man@Ng Is Deity: Opening a three-performance run, the dance theater performance by Alleluia Panis inspired by accounts of Pilipino Americans between the 1920s-1960s in San Francisco immortalizes their 8,000 mile immigration journey. [7:30 p.m., Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth St., S.F.]

Isaac Mizrahi: The celebrated fashion designer, singer and raconteur appears in his “alt cabaret” act “I & Me: A Life in Stories, Songs, Prescriptions.” [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF: The contemporary troupe premieres “Like an Ox on the Roof,” a piece set to music by Liszt, Milhaud, Britten and Bloch played live on a program with other new works and a re-staged piece. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Financial Freedom Workshop Series: The free, four-session program continues with the topic “Strong Financial Foundation and Proper Protection”; registration required at https://financialfreedomw1.eventbrite.com. [2 to 4 p.m., Main Library, fifth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Kim Nalley, Tammy Hall: The musicians appear in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Spring Fling, the fourth annual benefit for Next Village, a nonprofit serving older adults. [6:30 p.m., University Club of San Francisco, 800 Powell St., S.F.]

Tall Ships: Visitors are invited to tour historic 18th century vessels Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, which will be docked in Redwood City through April 9; touring and sailing are offered at select times. [2 to 6 p.m., 451 Seaport Court, Redwood City]

Mouthpiece: Quote Unquote Collective opens a three-performance run of the fringe-festival winning piece by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken, who explore how a woman constructs her identity. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley campus]

National Geographic Explorer Academy: Scientist, submersible pilot and steamship engineer Erika Bergman and author Trudi Trueit introduce National Geographic’s new Explorer Academy adventure book series for kids. [6 p.m., Kepler’s, 2020 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Watsky: The poet known for “whip-smart lyricism, acrobatic rapping and balancing intellect and poignance with whimsy and wit” has a new album, “Complaint.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: The concert offers music from the British songbook, from Handel and Sir William Walton to The Beatles, Adele, Sir Elton John and Queen.[8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Deathtrap: Theatre Rhinoceros opens a four-week run of the classic comedy thriller by Ira Levin about a down-on-his-luck playwright who will go any length for another theater hit. [8 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Algorithmic Art Assembly: The new two-day daytime conference and evening music festival showcases artists using algorithmic tools and processes in their works. [Noon to 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. midnight, Gray Area, 2665 Mission St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

The Urban Retreat: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre opens the Bay Area premiere of the “hip hop tragicomedy” about a mid-twenties hip-hop mogul in his prime who enlists his slumping but brilliant high school English teacher to ghostwrite his memoir. [3 and 8 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

William T. Wiley: The versatile 81-year-old artist’s solo exhibition “Sculpture, Eyes Wear Tug Odd” — a collection featuring works from his six-decade career characterized by repeating motifs and cunning word play — opens with a reception. [3 to 5 p.m., Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah St., S.F.]

Craig Jessup: The cabaret singer appears with pianist Ken Muir, bassist Paul Eastburn and drummer Tommy Kesecker in the return of “Sondheim Tonight.” [8 p.m., Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley]

Songs and Stories from the Heart: Gay Asia Pacific Alliance’s men’s chorus and theater offer a sneak peek of upcoming pieces they’ll perform at national and international festivals. [8 p.m., St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St., S.F.].

Family Urban Nature Afternoon in the Garden: In the free workshop sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and Education Outside, families learn together about the natural world. [1 to 3 p.m., Garden for the Environment, 1590 Seventh Ave., S.F.]

St. Matthew Passion: Jeffrey Thomas conducts American Bach Soloists, American Bach Choir and vocal soloists in Bach’s sacred oratorio. [7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

That Don Reed Show: The Bay Area-bred comedian has extended the run of his one-man sketch variety show, described as “a hilarious hybrid of ‘SNL,’ ‘In Living Color’ and some touching beats of ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’” [8:30 p.m., Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Local Luxe Fashion Sample Sale: Five San Francisco retailers offer high discounts on apparel, shoes, bags and hats; credit card payment only. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Future Glory Factory, 2248 Jerrold Ave., Ste 7, S.F.]

California Artisan Cheese Festival: The 13th annual weekend of “all things cheese” includes tastings and pairings, artisan and farm tours, chef demos, educational sessions with industry experts; a monger and chef competition and the opportunity to authors, celebrities and cheesemakers and sample their wares. [8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., various Santa Rosa locations; www.artisancheesefestival.com]

Umi: The two-pronged program includes “Ode to Minamata,” a butoh dance performance dedicated to the spirit of residents of a small Japanese fishing village whose lives were destroyed by corporate pollution, and “Confluence,” a piece with taiko, winds, gongs and bells. [7:30 p.m., Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward]

Monarch Nectar Garden: The Presidio Trust invites volunteers to help maintain and add to the butterfly nectar garden; register at www.eventbrite.com. [9 a.m. to noon, Rob Hill Campground, 1475 Central Magazine Road, S.F.]

Other Minds Festival 24: The new music organization presents the Arditti String Quartet of London playing rarely heard chamber works of Franco-Russian composer Ivan Wyschnegradsky. [8 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

H.O.P.E-What You Eat Matters: The documentary by Nina Messenger, which addresses negative effects of the typical Western diet on the health of humans, animals and the environment, screens, followed by a question-and-answer session. [1 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

iSing and Ragazzi Boys Chorus: Young Bay Area choristers, joined by the Copenhagen Girls Choir, appear in a program including a new piece by Kim Nyberg commemorating last year’s wildfires, Kim Andre Arneson’s “Flight Song” and César Franck’s “Panis Angelica.” [8 p.m., St. Ignatius Church, Parker Ave., S.F.]

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