Catherine Russell swings at the Venetian Room in “Harlem on My Mind.” (Courtesy Bay Area Cabaret)

Good Day March 24-26, 2019


Catherine Russell: Bay Area Cabaret presents the Grammy Award-winning recording artist in her jazz-and-blues-flavored show “Harlem on my Mind.” [5 p.m., Venetian Room, Fairmont, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 100th Birthday: City Lights Bookstore hosts an open house to celebrate San Francisco’s famed Beat poet. [1 to 5 p.m., 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Gryphon Trio: Making its Music at Kohl Mansion debut, the Juno award-winning ensemble plays Lalo’s Piano Trio No. 3, Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio and Dvorak’s Piano Trio No. 4. [7 p.m., 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame]

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 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Unitarian Universalist San Francisco Forum: Michael Lyon, scientist and health advocate from the San Francisco Gray Panthers, speaks about the importance of “Medicare for all” being debated in Congress. [9:30 a.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

The Happy Homemaker-History of Household Appliances: Running through Aug. 18, this exhibit showcases labor saving devices from the late 1800s through the 1950s includes stoves, washing machines, heaters, irons, waffle irons, toasters, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, coffee pots and more. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto]

Chesley Bonestell-A Brush with the Future: Filmmaker Douglass M. Stewart Jr. screens his documentary about the influential artist and architect known as “The Father of Space Art.” [3 p.m., Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside]

Dream Theater: The Grammy-nominated “progressive music titans” are touring with the release of their 14th studio album, “Distance Over Time.” [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Eugene Villanueva: Lieder Alive! presents the award-winning baritone, accompanied by pianist Peter Grünberg. [5 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Berkeley Symphony: Christopher Rountree conducts Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, Duke Ellington’s “Black, Brown and Beige” and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band, with Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble. [4 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

American Bach Soloists: The group performs Bach’s masterpiece oratorio “St. Matthew Passion.” [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Fatoumata Diawara, Roberto Fonseca: The SFJAZZ concert features the Malian guitarist-singer-songwriter and the pianist-composer who’s been called “the rightful heir to the Buena Vista Social Club legacy.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Tiny Dance Film Festival: Detour Dance presents two programs of short dance films from across the globe. [2:30 and 4 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Dervish: The nearly 30-year-old traditional Irish band featuring vocalist Cathy Jordan is touring to promote the new album “The Great Irish Songbook.” [3 p.m., United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave., S.F.]

Set It Off: The Los Angeles rock band — vocalist Cody Carson, guitarists Dan Clermont and Zach DeWall and drummer Maxx Danziger — plays. symphonic pop rock. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Henry Kapono: The Hawaiian musician, best known as one half of the duo Cecilio & Kapono, plays island music with his Duke’s on Sunday Band. [7 p.m., Montalvo Arts, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga]


Jess Glynne: The pop star — the only English female to achieve seven No. 1 singles on U.K. charts — is on her “Always In Between” tour. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Circus Arts at the Dragon: The Dragon Productions Theatre Co.’s “A Night of Slavic Folklore” combines traditional tales with aerial stunts. [8 p.m., 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

SFAI Film x Canyon: The 50th anniversary series presented by San Francisco Art Institute Film Department and Canyon Cinema Present hosts filmmaker Scott Stark screening a selection of his Super-8mm and Regular 8mm films from the 1980s. [7:30 p.m., SFAI, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Half Light-A Study of the San Francisco Bay Trail: The exhibit of 12 mega-sized prints by San Francisco photographer Kurt Schwabe captures the “grandeur, beauty and mysteries” of the 500-mile bicycle and foot path on the perimeter of the bay. [7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale St., S.F.]

Cory Doctorow: The bestselling author of “Little Brother” appears at a ticketed event to promote “Radicalized,” his collection of four sci-fi novellas, in conversation Richard Kadrey, creator of the “Sandman Slim” series. [7 p.m., Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley]

Odd Mondays Reading Series: Michael Aleynikov, Andrew Chen, Wilfredo Pascual and Genanne Walsh of the Castro’s 18th Street Writers Group discuss their work. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Ella Vos: The rising pop star’s latest video “Empty Hands,” from the EP “Watch and Wait,” shows her being treated for lymphoma [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Susto: One critic said the Charleston group “may just be that indie crossover band that the Americana scene has been waiting for.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Maren Morris: The 28-year-old Grammy-nominated pop and country singer-songwriter of “The Middle” fame is promoting her new album “Girl”; Grammy nominee Cassadee Pope opens. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Taraji P. Henson: The Golden Globe-winning actress, along with director Robin Bissell and producer Dominique Telson discuss the civil rights era and their new film, “The Best of Enemies.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy: The presentation, screening on the singer’s 75th birthday includes footage from a film of the “Diana Ross: Live in Central Park” concert as well as heartfelt comments from her children. [7 p.m., Cinearts at the Empire, 85 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Piano Talk: Paul Hersh and Hye Yeong Min play and discuss J.S. Bach’s “Chaconne” and Schubert’s four-hand F-minor “Fantasy.” [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Jock Tears: The rock band from Vancouver plays on a Depth Charge bill with headliner Pardoner, Shutups and States of Nature. [8:30 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

You Should Know This! Nerd Comedy: The “TED Talk meets comedy show” features Michael Wall, Kevin Whittinghill, Justin Lucas and Shanti Charan. [8 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Joseph Amster: San Francisco History Association presents the tour guide and amateur historian in a slide show and talk on “Lost Restaurants of San Francisco.” [7 p.m., Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F.]

Bronze Radio Return: The band from Connecticut playing indie-pop and roots-rock has had its music placed in dozens of commercials, for cars, coffee and sports events. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Wet: Singer-songwriter Kelly Zutrau has taken creative control of the Brooklyn indie pop outfit on its second album “Still Run”; art pop singer Kilo Kish co-headlines. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Jungle: The West Coast premiere of the show by Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy about life in a refugee camp in Calais, France in 2015-16 begins with a preview performance. [7 p.m., Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Carolyn Forche: The poet speaks about her book, “What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance,” her account of how she became an activist through trial by fire. [7:30 p.m., Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley]

Home: Berkeley Repertory Theatre opens the show by Geoff Sobelle, a “large-scale performance project that revolves around the life-cycle of a house.” [8 p.m., Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley]

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