From left, Therese Plaehn, Lizzie O’Hara (making her TheatreWorks debut) and Sarah Moser appear in “Crimes of the Heart” at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

From left, Therese Plaehn, Lizzie O’Hara (making her TheatreWorks debut) and Sarah Moser appear in “Crimes of the Heart” at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Jan. 15-16: Crimes of the Heart, Chris Botti, Interfaith Evensong, Black Comix Arts Festival, King & Faith Conversation, Musica Pacifica, MLK Liberation Film Festival


Crimes of the Heart: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has opened a three-week run of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dramedy about three sisters who reunite in a small Mississippi town. [2 and 7 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Chris Botti: The trumpet superstar closes his annual residency with SF JAZZ. [3 and 7 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Interfaith Evensong: The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. features music by The Passages Singers, a group that has revived songs from the civil rights movement. [3 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

King & Faith Conversation: The Martin Luther King Jr. Day program includes scholars and activists Clayborne Carson, Susan Belinda Christian and Dwight Hopkins speaking on King’s final prophetic manuscript “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” [4 p.m., Gresham Hall Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Black Comix Arts Festival: Comics, graphic novels, panels, film screenings, kids’ activities, cosplay contests and more are in the lineup of the free event, followed by a 6 p.m. party at 111 Minna Gallery. [Noon to 5 p.m., S.F. Public Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Full Moon in the Daytime: The solo show by San Francisco-based multi-media artist Tyler Eash — which covers two floors of gallery space and addresses “the human condition at large” — closes with a reception and artist talk. [5 to 8 p.m., R/SF projects, 1050 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bay Area Writers Resist
: Jane Hirshfield, Bich Minh Nguyen, D.A. Powell, Ishmael Reed and Arisa White are among the participants in the fundraiser (for International Institute of the Bay Area, Southern Poverty Law Center and Transgender Law Center), a post-election event promoting ideals of democracy and free expression. [7 to 10 p.m., Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland]

Musica Pacifica: In “Dolci Di Napoli,” the ensemble performs unusual pieces for recorder, two violins and continuo from 18th-century Naples: works by Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, Mancini, Fiorenza, Barbella, and more. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Berkeley Choro Ensemble: Jane Lenoir on flute, Harvey Wainapel on saxophone and clarinet, Ricardo Peixoto on guitar and Brian Rice on percussion play a program of work by contemporary Brazilian composers. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Unitarian Universalist Sunday Forum: Lynn Burnett, an educator who created curricula designed to elevate understanding of racism, speaks on “Developing Cross-Cultural Solidarity: Lessons From the Past, for the Sake of the Present.” [9:30 a.m., 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]


MLK Liberation Film Festival: The series begins with a screening of “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez,” a documentary about Sanchez, an 82-year-old African-American poet and leader in the Black Arts Movement. [11 a.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Martin Luther King March/Parade: Participants are encouraged to arrive early for the 1.5 mile journey, which commemorates the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a symbol of victory in the civil rights movement, and ends at Yerba Buena Gardens. [11 a.m., Caltrain Station, Fourth and Townsend streets, S.F.]

MLK Day Panel Discussion: The S.F. Maritime National Historical Park program “Through Our Eyes: Stories from the Long Road to Civil Rights in the Bay Area” brings together African American park rangers for storytelling and intergenerational dialogue. [Noon to 3 p.m., aboard Balcutha, 2905 Hyde St., S.F.]

MLK 2017 Health & Wellness Festival
: Regional health providers offer free information, services and activities geared toward promoting wellness, sustainability and preparedness. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.

MLK Labor & Community Breakfast: The annual San Francisco Labor Council gathering (a $100 per person ticket) includes inspirational speakers and music, and honors Dolores Huerta with the Willie B. Kennedy Service Award. [8 a.m., San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 780 Mission Street S.F.]

MLK 2017 Interfaith Commemoration: People of all persuasions are invited to the seventh annual ceremony. [11:45 a.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Esplanade, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Black Comix Arts Festival Expo: Comics, graphic novels, panels, film screenings, kids’ activities, cosplay contests and more are in the lineup of the free event. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., City View at Metreon, fourth floor, 134 Fourth St., S.F.]

SFJAZZ celebration: To mark its fifth anniversary, the music center hosts a free MLK Day Open House, with tours, performances, children’s activities and more. [11 a.m., 2, and 5 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F

Holiday Ice Rink
: It’s the final day to enjoy seasonal skating in Union Square. [10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Geary and Powell streets, S.F.]
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