Steven Flores plays Menelaus and Adrian Deane plays the title character in Theatre of Yugen’s “Helen” opening a month-long run on Friday. (Courtesy Shannon Davis)

Good Day March 28-30, 2019

Transition of Doodle Pequeño, Theatre of Yugen’s Helen, Tim Bluhm, Adam Conover, Stevie Redstone, Maya Stovall, Galactic, Jeffrey Halford and the Healers, Mt. Joy, Terror Jr., Bach St. John Passion

THURSDAY, MARCH 28

The Transition of Doodle Pequeño: Opening a four-day run, Teatro Visión’s “magical story for all ages about gender identity, courage and friendship” is a production supporting gender-nonconforming youth. [7 p.m., School of Arts and Culture, Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose]

Nick Estes, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz: The author of “Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock vs. the Dakota Access Pipeline” appears in conversation with the author of “An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States.” [7:30 p.m., St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley]

SFMOMA Gallery Talk: Paintings conservator Paula De Cristofaro and curator Nancy Lim speak about the exhibition “Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory,” a retrospective of the 80-year-old Latvian-American artist’s work. [6 p.m., SFMOMA, fourth floor, 151 Third St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, MARCH 29

Helen: Theatre of Yugen stages a modern adaptation of Euripides’ classic tragic-comedy about Helen of Troy that explores beauty, women, gender and societal expectations. [8 p.m., NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Tim Bluhm: The Mother Hips’ musician “embraces a new appreciation for life” with the creation of his new record “Sorta Surviving” produced by Dave Schools of Widespread Panic. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Adam Conover: The comedian — creator, writer and host of TV’s “Adam Ruins Everything” — is on his Mind Parasites Live tour, a “stand-up comedy and psychedelic biology class.” [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Stevie Redstone: The Los Angeles singer-songwriter’s “retro-tinged music feels both classic and modern, drawing from Motown and Stax to Britpop and Laurel Canyon.” [9:15 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Maya Stovall: Under New Ownership: The artist, a self-described “radical ballerina,” opens her exhibit of innovative performance-based interventions exploring “questions of human existence” with a reception. [5 to 8 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Trouble Notes: The Berlin-based trio (violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire) combines EDM, hip-hop and indie rock with classical, klezmer and jazz. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 400 Fourth St., S.F.]

The First Live Comedy Show: Dragon Theatre’s late-night offering features standup by host Sedric Drake, Dauood Naimyar, Xander Beltran, Jon Lehre, S Don Smith, Nicole Blue, PX G Floro and Corde Snell. [10:30 p.m., 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

As Steals the Morn: Vocalists Amanda Forsythe and Thomas Cooley join the early music ensemble in a program of music by Bach and Handel. [8 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

RY X: The singer-songwriter from Australia (aka Ry Cuming), who “bridges psych-folk and future-R&B,” opens a two-evening engagement; Charlie Cunningham also is on the bill. [8:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Broken Seeds Still Grow: Taking Root: Opening a four-performance run, the multimedia show with storytelling, bharatanatyam, Indian miniature painting, video animation and live music by Nava Dance Theatre founder Nadhi Thekkek and painter Rupy Tut examines the “impact of displacement and belonging among the South Asian American community.” [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Art Explosion Studios: One of The City’s largest collectives kicks off its annual Spring Open Studios weekend showcasing work by more than 100 artists with an evening reception. [7 to 10 p.m., 2425 17th St.; 744 Alabama St.; and 1661 Tennessee St., S.F.]

Mona Kuhn: The artist, whose closely framed figure studies of the female form alongside succulent plants comprise the show and book “Bushes & Succulents,” speaks about her work. [6 to 8 p.m., Euqinom Gallery, 1295 Alabama St., S.F.]

The Aliens: Upstage Theater presents the show by Annie Baker about men who pass their time in a coffee shop in Vermont discussing poetry, music and wind farms, and a lonely teen who works there.[7:30 p.m., SecondStage, Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

Whole Foods Market Better Beauty Swap: In an attempt to educate about products with unhealthy components, the store offers the first 200 consumers who bring in one empty beauty or body care product to swap it for a Whole Foods Market Beauty Bag. [8 to 9 a.m., Potrero Hill store, 450 Rhode Island St., S.F.]

March and Rally in Solidarity with Gaza: Bay Area Palestinian residents mark the first anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza with Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities of faith and other community organizations.[Noon, 24th Street Mission BART, 2800 Mission St, S.F.]

Galactic: The Louisiana funk-jam band, with new album “Already Ready Already,” recently bought its favorite club, New Orleans’ Tipitina’s. [9 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Jeffrey Halford and the Healers: The San Francisco-based Americana band is releasing the album “West Towards South.” [6 p.m., Aptos Street Barbeque, 8059 Aptos St., Aptos]

Crafting Cat Castles: The SPCA invites parents, kids and dogs to the free two-hour workshop for making cat castles for kittens out of cardboard and paper. [1 p.m., SPCA shelter, 2343 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Californicorns: The 10-piece surf-funk-party band from Oakland plays on a bill with Johnny Soul Train, described as “Rick James meets Jack White meets The Doors.” 9:30 p.m., $10. Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F., www.neckofthewoodssf.com

Swoon, Radiokeys, Roxy Rawson, El Gato Dice: The bands appear in an evening of alternative Baroque, folk and rock music. [9:20 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

Soul Ska: The 10-piece Bay Area band playing original and classic ska, rocksteady and dub grooves headlines a bill with Angelo Moore (of Fishbone) & Brand New Step and PSDSP. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Navigating Our Hxstories: The marketplace and evening of multidisciplinary storytelling celebrates “womxn creatives in the Japanese American community.” [5 to 8 p.m., 100 Montgomery St., S.F. Presidio]

Love Jones: The romantic drama and cult film screens, followed by a 1990s-themed dance party, with Aima the Dreamer, DJ Lady Ryan & DJ Emancipacion spinning favorites from the soundtrack. [7 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

American Civil Liberties Union 100 Experience: The free tour marking ACLU’s 100th anniversary offers interactive exhibitions about voting rights, immigrants’ rights, mass incarceration as well as speakers. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Jack London Square, 472 Water St., Oakland]

Goodguys 37th All American Get-Together: The two-day hot-rodding festival with some 3,000 American-made or powered vehicles of all years is “the ultimate gathering of cool cars, cool people and good times.” [8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton]

Mt. Joy: The indie blues rockers originally from Philadelphia released their self-titled debut in 2018. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Terror Jr: The electronic pop act got its start with a tune in a Kylie Jenner lip-gloss commercial. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Audience Chorus for Bach St. John Passion: San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin leads rehearsal sessions for singers who want to participate in the chorus and orchestra’s evening performance of the work. (for which a separate ticket is required). [5 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Slothrust: Eclectic alt-rockers (vocalist Leah Wellbaum, drummer Will Gorin and bassist Kyle Bann) in 2019 released “The Pact,” described as an “evolution through experimentation and exploration.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Just Like A Woman Concert: Rhonda Benin’s seventh annual event celebrating local musicians features Maria Muldaur, Kim Nalley, Sandy Cressman, Niecey Robinson, The Lillian Armstrong Tribute Band, Tia Carroll and Lady Sunrise. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Spiritualized: The newest album by the neo-psychedelic space rockers led by Jason Pierce is “And Nothing Hurt.” [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Rip Room: The San Francisco art punk band’s rock songs “combine nasty, bass-heavy riffs with tight, focused drumming and eerie vocal harmonies.” [9 p.m., Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany, www.ticketfly.com

Dorothy Gilliam: The first black female reporter at The Washington Post discusses her memoir “Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America.” [1 p.m., Kapor Center, 2148 Broadway, Oakland]

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